Huet, J.C.

Parallèle des temples anciens, gothiques et modernes.

Paris, Desenne ainé (and) Lenormant 1809.

Reference: 13426
Price: £495 [convert currency]

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8vo. 82pp. Recent marbled boards, calf spine, the original upper and lower blue paper wrappers loosely inserted. Half title leaf and title leaf slightly browned, but generally a good, very fresh, untrimmed copy. Stencilled late nineteenth century or early twentieth century ownership inscriptions of G.Allix on half title leaf.

A scarce pamphlet by Jean Charles Huet (1762-1811), who describes himself on its title leaf as “Sous-chef de division à la Grande-Chancellerie de la Légion d’Honneur”. Huet offers a critical comparative assessment of the architecture of ancient, mediaeval and modern religious buildings, interesting for the fact that he sees more merit in the Gothic and Greek Revival styles than in the Italianate classical style. As examples of buildings to admire, he cites Notre Dame de Paris and Soufflot’s Sainte Genevieve, and he offers a tantalising description of a design of his own for a church of the same size as St.Peter’s, Rome, which would combine a classical peristyle and symmetrical ground plan with a vaulted Gothic roof. The publication reflects the revival of interest in church architecture after the excesses of the French Revolution, and Huet goes out of his way to thank the Bishop of Amiens for facilitating a visit by him to Amiens Cathedral (p.44, note). Not in BAL Cat.

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