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PEYRE, Marie-Joseph (1730--1788)
[Works. 1765]
Œuvres d'architecture de Marie-Joseph Peyre, architecte, ancien pensionnaire du Roi à Rome, inspecteur des bâtimens de Sa Majesté.
A Paris chez Prault. Jombert, 1765.
[2], 27, [3] p., 19 pl. (7 double page, 3 fold.) ; 50.8 cm. (2°)

Colophon: De l'imprimerie de C.F. Simon, Chevalier de l'Ordre de Christ, de l'Académie des Arcades de Rome, Imprimeur de la Reine & de l'Archevêché, 1765. With a dedication to the Marquis de Marigny. The purchase of Oeuvres d'architecture in 1780 inaugurated Soane's career as a serious collector of architectural books. Although Soane's purchase of the book occurred after the execution of his winning 1776 RA design for a Triumphal Bridge, it can be assumed that he was familiar with the book and the designs in it through his studies; du Prey, who suggests it was on Sandby's reading list for course of lectures, notes that the book was not in the RA library as inventoried in 1815 but that Chambers had a copy in his library. Soane made pencil marks in the margins of some pages of Peyre, but not in connection with this academy design. See P. de la Ruffinière du Prey, John Soane's architectural education (New York and London 1977), pp. 135-6; Margaret Richardson and MaryAnne Stevens (eds.), John Soane architect: master of space and light, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London 1999), cat. no. 11. BAL, Early printed books, no. 2510.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Inscribed in ink on title-page J. Soane 1780, the 'e' added later; on front paste-down Pd. for Soane 3 Gui: all but 3 Livres -; and with translations of a few terms in pencil in the margins of the text. With a printed advertisement by the publisher and bookseller, Alexandre Jombert, jeune (successor to Charles Antoine Jombert, his father) to advertise his shop's new premises 'dans la même rue Dauphine, la quatrieme Maison à droite ar le Pont-Neuf.' pasted down on the front free-endpaper (16 lines, cropped to 79 x 61 mm.). Jombert senior died in 1784.
Copy 2: With a pencil sketch of part of a plan in the margin of pl. 5. This copy is presumably the one bought at Christie's, 16--17 February 1815, lot 89.

Binding Copy 1: C18th ochre paste-paper boards, later vellum-coloured paper spine, paper label lettered in ink 'Oeuvres d' Architecture M. J. Peyre'. Copy 2: Quarter brown textured sheep, marbled-paper boards, green cloth corners. In modern blue-card book box.

Reference Number 3012


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