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AVRIL, Louis (b. 1722)
Temples anciens et modernes; ou observations historiques et critiques sur les plus célèbres monumens d'architecture Grecque et Gothique. Par M. L. M.
A Londres; et se trouve a Paris chez Musier, fils, libraire, 1774.
[4], xvi, 195, [4], 198--347, [3] p., [7] engr. pl. (fold.) ; 20.2 cm. (8°)

M. L. M is a pseudonym for Avril who was also known under the pseudonym Abbé Mai. Soane translated the whole of Avril's book in 1806 from a borrowed copy (Soane Case 173); he bought his own copy in France in 1819. His knowledge of the Græco-Gothic debate in mid-18th-century France was derived from Avril. See D. Watkin, Soane enlightenment thought and the Royal Academy Lectures (Cambridge 1996), pp. 144--52; BAL, Early printed books, no. 165.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on half-title John Soane / 1819. On front free endpaper in Soane's hand 4 frasand in other hands 10 ff/ =1[?]=10 and 121; on rear free endpaper 84 12.

Binding C18th mottled calf, blind-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, brown spine-label gilt-lettered 'Temple/ Ancien/ Et Modrn'.

Reference Number 6434


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