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LENOIR, Alexandre (1761--1839)
[Musée des monumens français. 1810]
Musée impérial des monumens français. Histoire des arts en France, et description chronologique des statues en marbe et bronze, bas-reliefs et tombeaux des hommes et des femmes célèbres, qui sont réunis dans ce musée. Par Alexandre Lenoir, ...
A Paris chez l'auteur, au Musée; Hacquart, imprimeur-libraire, 1810.
[4], lxvi, 304, [2] p. ; 20.5 cm. (8º)

Despite the new title, this is a restructured and revised version of Lenoir's museum catalogue which had already appeared in numerous editions culminating in the first five volumes, 1800--6, of Musée des monumens français (q.v.). The Histoire des arts en France was thought, like Lenoir's other works, to be somewhat lacking in precision, method and order. (See A. Irelande-Brandeburg, 'Biographie Universelle and Caisse nationale des monumens historiques et des sites', in Le Gothique retrouvé, exh. cat., Paris, 1979--80.) The verso of the second leaf of prelims advertises other works by Lenoir. With a final leaf of errata. See BAL, Early printed books, no. 1824. There was also a large paper quarto edition with the title Histoire des arts en France prouvée par les monumens in 1811 (q.v.), probably the one advertised on the title-page verso of this edition, with an extended 'Avant-Propos' and an accompanying volume of plates.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on half-title John Soane.

Binding C19th half-calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spines, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 2636


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