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Perthuis (de Laillevault), (Léon de )

Traité d’architecture rurale, contenant: 1˚. les principes généraux de cet art; 2˚. leur application aux différentes espèces d’établissemens ruraux; 3˚. les détails de construction et la distribution intérieure de chacun des bâtimens dont ils doivent être composés; 4˚. divers travaux d’art ayant pour objets de faciliter les communications (&c).

Paris, Deterville 1810.

Reference: 9320
Price: £950 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. (4)+268pp, 26 folding engraved plates. Contemporary paper-covered boards, green morocco gilt spine, lightly rubbed. Contemporary engraved armorial bookplate of “M(onsieur) le M(arquis) de Saint Chamans” on front pastedown endpaper, later neat circular ink ownership stamp of Achille Lez on half title. Light browning to a few text leaves but generally a fresh and clean copy.

Only edition of this practical and theoretical treatise on farm and rural architecture by the engineer and agronomist Léon de Perthuis de Laillevault (1757-1818), arguably the most comprehensive treatise on this subject at the time. Among the building types covered are farm houses, cottages, country houses, stables, granaries, dovecotes, roads, canals and irrigation. Perthuis also gives advice on choosing workmen and materials, planning a farm and providing appropriate decoration for rural buildings. The twenty-six folding engraved plates illustrate designs by Perthuis for the various types of building discussed in his text. BAL Cat 2506 ; Berlin Cat 2451.