Souvenirs d’un voyage à Munich ou description des principaux monuments de la ville nouvelle.
Paris, “A-T.Breton, imprimeur,Rue Montmartre, 131”, 1843.
8vo. (8) + 111 + (3)pp. Contemporary boards, calf spine, gilt (presumably the book’s original binding). Ink inscription “offert par l’auteur à Mr Fontaine”, with Lusson’s signature beneath, on preliminary blank leaf.
First and only edition of this enthusiastic description of the churches, palaces and other public buildings erected in Munich during the first forty years of the nineteenth century as a result of the energetic patronage of architecture and the fine arts by King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The book’s author, the Parisian architect Adrien-Louis Lusson (1788-1864), had been a pupil of Charles Percier, the dominant official French architect during the Napoleonic period, and he takes a particularly positive view of the new royal palaces, the Glyptothek, the Pinakothek and other major new buildings in the city, most of them designed in neo-classical styles either by Klenze or by Gärtner, and many of them also featuring frescoes by the fashionable Bavarian court artist Peter Cornelius. As a description of a city’s new buildings seen through the eyes of a visiting architect from a foreign country, Lusson’s book has few contemporary parallels, and what adds to the merit of this particular copy is that it carries a presentation inscription from Lusson to “M.Fontaine”, evidently the famous architect (and Percier’s close collaborator) Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine (1762-1853).