De La Distribution des Maisons de Plaisance, et de la Decoration des Edifices en General. Architecture, Jacques-François Blondel.
De La Distribution des Maisons de Plaisance, et de la Decoration des Edifices en General.
De La Distribution des Maisons de Plaisance, et de la Decoration des Edifices en General.
De La Distribution des Maisons de Plaisance, et de la Decoration des Edifices en General.
De La Distribution des Maisons de Plaisance, et de la Decoration des Edifices en General.

De La Distribution des Maisons de Plaisance, et de la Decoration des Edifices en General.

1737. Paris: C.A. Jombert, 1737-8.

Two vols. 4to, title page in red and black, (vi, Dedication a Monsieur Turgot, Avis au relieur, Approbation), xvi, 198 pp.; vii, (i, Avis au relieur), 180 pp. Numerous head- and tail-pieces. Vol. 1 with engraved frontispiece (by Cochin) and 44 plates (42 folding); Vol. 2 with 111 plates (15 folding). Most of the plates drawn and engraved by Blondel. All text-pages printed within a borderline. Original cats-paw calf, rather worn, joints repaired, vol. 1 with new labels, internally some browning and soiling, a good solid set for reference not in "collector's condition".

§ First edition, second issue without half titles, errata slips, and with Jombert's address as "Rue Dauphine". A handsomely illustrated work of the 18th century French architect and writer Jacques-François Blondel (1705-1774). The plates in Vol. I includes many architectural designs for houses and those in Vol. II depict both interior and exterior ornaments, as well as garden plans. See Weinreb: "Arts Applied," #326 (£240!): "an important source book of rococo designs of the mid [eighteenth] century, surveys most aspects of the country house in an effort to point out the rights and wrongs of proportion, composition, and interior planning." Fowler 49. Berlin Cat. 2400. Graesse 1:441. Brunet 9800. Item #123537

Price: $2,750.00