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Lagier de Vaugelas, (Etienne-André)

Soixante vues des plus beaux palais, monuments et églises de Paris, cathédrales et châteaux de la France, gravées par Couché fils, et dessinées sous sa direction, avec leurs explications tirées des meilleurs auteurs.

Paris, Vilquin nd (early 1820s).

Reference: 3270
Price: £145 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. Printed half title leaf, engraved map frontispiece, engraved title leaf, and 60 engraved plates each with accompanying leaf of printed text, (2)pp list of plates at end. Contemporary blue paper boards, spine chipped. Ownership inscription of T.T.Knyfton, 1839, also his engraved armorial bookplate.

A volume of engraved views of the principal public buildings and churches of Paris and its environs, with half-a-dozen additional plates devoted to cathedrals elsewhere in France. Each plate has an accompanying leaf of descriptive text. Although the book was aimed at the contemporary tourist, the selection of buildings illustrated includes two of Ledoux’s Barrières and other public buildings of the time which have since been demolished or altered. The plates seem all to be dated 1818, but a date for the book in the early 1820s is indicated by one passage in its text. BAL Cat 3963.