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AVILER, Augustin-Charles d' (1653--1700)
[Cours d'architecture. 1694]
Cours d'architecture qui comprend les ordres de Vignole, avec des commentaires, les figures & descriptions de ses plus beaux bâtimens, & de ceux de Michel-Ange. Plusieurs nouveaux desseins, ornemens & préceptes concernant ... l'art de bâtir; avec une ample explication par ordre alphabetique des termes. Par le Sieur Daviler ...
A Paris chez Nicolas Langlois, 1694. (1693)
2 vols ; 20.6 cm. (4º)
I: [78], xii, 355, [1] p., engr. frontis., [31] pl. : [86] engr. illus. (84 full-page)
II: [6], 259, [1] p.

The two volumes were first published by Nicolas Langlois in 1691. The title-page of vol. II, dated 1693, reads: Dictionnaire d'architecture, ou explication de tous les termes dont on se sert dans l'architecture, les mathematiques, le geometrie, la mécanique, l'hydraulique, le dessein, la peinture, la sculpture, les mesures, les instrumens, la coûtume, &c. ... le tout par raport à l'art de bâtir. ... Tome second. Volume I of the present edition is a virtual line-for-line reprint of the 1691 edition, whereas vol. II has been reset in smaller type with a different layout. The imprint may be false: various pirated editions were issued in Amsterdam between 1693 and 1696 under the imprint of G. Gallet, who continued to use Langlois's name in the vol. II imprint and very likely altered his own imprint on the vol. I title-page to that of Langlois for copies to be sold in France. See BAL Early printed books, no. 156, which describes the variant with Gallet's Amsterdam imprint to vol. I. All but the first double plate (marked with a Maltese cross) are numbered as part of the illustrations sequence running 1--103 with bis plates (distinguished by letters) 43, 44, 63, 64, 66, and five plates numbered 65. Volume I text surrounded by thick-thin border. Title-pages to both volumes printed in red and black.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting plates 61 and 65A. Inscribed on front free-endpaper in ink John Soane. The final rear free-endpaper annotated in pencil (not by Soane) with proportions of various architectural elements. Top right corner of front pastedown inscribed in ink Mm with two dots over the 'M'. Inscribed on front free-endpaper in pencil Cost 30 shil/ Jo: Wood, i.e. John Wood (1704--1754), the Bath architect and town planner.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, borders twice double-ruled in blind, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label lettered in gilt 'Vignole/ Archi=/ Tecture'. Two volumes bound as one.

Reference Number 3944


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