Paris: Chez Carilian-Goeury, [1812?]. Leather bound. Six parts in four volumes. 442, 347, 412, 414+8, 144+, 93pp. Quarto [29.5 cm] Contemporary leather bindings with decorative gilt borders to boards and leather labels to the backstrips. All of the volumes have been nicely rebacked with the original backstrips laid over. Marbled fore edges. Marbled pastedowns and endsheets. All volumes very good or better. Item #28664
Volume one contains fourteen plates at the rear. Volume two contains fifty-three plates at the rear. Volume three contains twenty-six plates at the rear (two plates are numbered 'LXXXX'). Volume four, part one contains fifty-nine plates at the rear. Volume four, part two contains thirty plates at the rear (two plates are numbered 'CLXI', two plates are numbered 'CLXV', two plates are numbered CLXIX'). Volume four, part three contains eight plates (lettered A-H). Complete with all 190 plates (the majority are fold-outs)
An important and celebrated work in the history of writings on construction. This work was one of the first (if not the first) encyclopedic reference work on building construction and architecture. Originally privately printed by the author, this work was very successful going through seventeen editions by 1885. Hugely influential work.