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PERCIER, Charles (1764--1838)
Palais, maisons, et autres édifices modernes, dessinés à Rome; publiés à Paris, par Charles Percier et P. F. L. Fontaine en 1798.
À Paris: chez les auteurs, au Louvre, et P. Didot l'ainé, imprimeur-libraire, [c. 1807].
8, 3, [1], 40 p., 100 [i.e. 99] pl. ; 42.7 cm. (2°)

This issue includes a list of subscribers printed at the end of the text followed by a colophon identifying the printer as Baudouin It can be dated to before 1809 since the authors refer at the end of their 'Discours Préliminaire' to a forthcoming 'plus grand ouvrage auquel nous avons déjà consacré plusieurs années d'étude et de travail', by which they almost certainly mean their Choix des plus célèbre maisons de plaisance de Rome (Paris 1809, q.v.). Later issues omit this reference. The title-page of the Soane copy is the same as the British Library copy (647.c.2), but slightly different from BAL 2489. The plates were drawn in collaboration with Charles Louis Bernier; plates 12 and 13 are printed on one leaf. The 'Explication Des Planches', giving an historical account of the buildings and the names of their architects, was supplied by the architect and antiquarian, Léon Dufourny (1754--1818) who was in Rome with Percier and Fontaine during their Prix de Rome years, 1786--92. See BAL Early printed books, no. 2489.

Copy Notes Evidently Soane requested the booksellers Dulau & Co. to find him a copy of this book in 1806, to which Dulau replied on 8 July 'our correspondant has not been able to meet with one copy, but still hopes to find it.' (Spiers Box, Miscellaneous Booksellers). This copy was purchased from Josiah Taylor for £3 13s. 6d. on 3 November 1814. (Archive 7A/15/30).

Binding C19th half purple morocco, blind double-rule borders, gilt thick-thin double-rule spine, purple moiré boards.

Reference Number 2994


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