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Callet, (Charles-François)

Notice historique sur la vie artistique et les ouvrages de quelques architectes Français du seizième siècle. Un volume orné de figures représentant les principaux édifices qu’ils ont construits. Par Callet père architecte né à Paris le 10 Mars 1755.

Paris, the author 1842.

Reference: 13570
Price: £185 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. xvi + 125 + (3)pp, 12 engraved plates. Original printed wrappers. A little minor spotting, but a good unrestored copy.

Scarce monograph on the major French architects of the sixteenth century, put together by a veteran Parisian architect, known as Callet pére to distinguish himself from his son, the architect Félix-Emmanuel Callet (1792-1854), winner of the Grand Prix de Rome in 1819. It represents the first serious attempt by an architect to set out what was known about Philibert Delorme, Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, Lescot, Serlio and others, and Callet seems to have been a pioneer in utilising his own personal architectural library for this purpose. The volume’s numerous footnotes also provide various useful nuggets of information drawn from Callet’s long memory. Accompanying engraved plates illustrate some of the principal architect-designed buildings of the sixteenth century, as well as a front elevation and ground plan of the house that Callet had designed for himself at 48 Rue de la Pepinière, Paris.