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LE ROY, Julien-David (1724--1803)
[Ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grèce. 1770]
Les ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grece, considérées du côté de l'histoire et du côté de l'architecture; par M. Le Roy... Seconde édition corrigée et augmentée. ...
A Paris de l'imprimerie de Louis-François Delatour. Et se vend chez Musier fils, libraire, 1770.
2 vols ; 53.3 cm. (2°)
I: [2], xxiv, 54 p., XXXV pl.
II: [2], xx, 54 p., XXVI pl.

First published in 1758 (q.v.). In the second edition Le Roy attempted to answer the savage criticism of the inaccuracy of his work by Stuart and Revett in their Antiquities of Athens, 1762 (q.v.). Accuracy and imitation, he replied, were not his interest; rather it was inspiration and the essence of architecture that he sought in the ruins of Greece. By rearranging his plates he sought to demonstrate the debased style of the monuments presented by his English rivals.

Copy Notes Copy 1: This copy was bought for £2 4s. at the Reveley sale, Christie's, 11 May 1801 (q.v.), lot 126. Volume II has bound in between pages 52 and 53 a pen and red wash drawing by Willey Reveley (1760--99) of the plan of the Stoa Poikile with measurements of some intercolumniations, inscribed in ink Plan of the Pokile as at Athens given by Monsr. Le Roy / as the remains of the Temple of Jupiter Olympius / in the first Edition, which he has altered / in his second Edition to which is added in Soane's hand See plate between / page 46 & 47. Reveley spent some time studying the monuments at Athens during his travels to Greece and Italy with Sir Richard Worsley from 1784 to 1789, and in 1794 edited the third volume of Stuart and Revett's Antiquities of Athens (q.v.).
Copy 2: 53.7 cm.

Binding Copy 1: Early C19th diced russia, gilt-tooled borders with greek key and foliate pattern, gilt-tooled spine, fore-edges sprinkled in stencilled leaf design. Two volumes bound in one. Probably the copy bound by J. Wingrave for £2 8s. (and 4s. for hot-pressing), 10 November 1804. (Archive 7/3/54).
Copy 2: C18th 'catspaw' mottled sheep, gilt-tooled spine, brown spine-label. Two volumes bound in one.

Reference Number 2648


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