Item #69063 Edifices de Rome Dessinés et Mesurés Tres Exactement. Antoine Babuty DESGODETS.
Edifices de Rome Dessinés et Mesurés Tres Exactement
Edifices de Rome Dessinés et Mesurés Tres Exactement
Edifices de Rome Dessinés et Mesurés Tres Exactement
Edifices de Rome Dessinés et Mesurés Tres Exactement

First Edition of "Masterpieces of Architectural Drawing and Engraving"

Edifices de Rome Dessinés et Mesurés Tres Exactement.

Paris: Jean Baptiste Coignard, 1682.

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DESGODETS, Antoine Babuty. Les Edifices de Rome Dessinés et Mesurés Tres Exactement. Paris: Jean Baptiste Coignard, 1682.

First edition. Folio (17 x 11 inches; 432 x 277 mm). [26], 323, [1, blank] pp. With engraved title, engraved headpieces and initials, and 137 engraved architectural plates, Many of which are double paged. The plates are included in the pagination.

Full contemporary speckled calf. Spine elaborately stamped in gilt. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. All edges speckled red. Some rubbing along joints and boards. Outer joints with some splitting and repairs. A few instances of light dampstaining, and some minor offsetting. Still a very good and clean copy.

"The most complete and accurate survey of the ruins of ancient Rome to have been undertaken at the time; not superseded for many years." (Christies).

"The plates, many of them masterpieces of architectural drawing and engraving, were engraved from the drawings of Desgodets by De Chastillon, S. Le Clerc, J. and P. Le Pautre, N. Guerard and others. This work gives the first really accurate representation of ancient Roman architecture and is the beginning of that long series of measured drawings which are one of the great traditions of French architecture. It is remarkable that the drawings for this work were made when the author was about twenty-two and the book was published before he was thirty. Besides describing the plates, the text is largely devoted to exposing the many errors of Serlio, Palladio and Freart" (Fowler, pg 84).

HBS 69063.

$7,500.

Price: $7,500.00

Item #69063