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LEGRAND, Jacques Guillaume (1753--1808)
Collection des chefs-d'œuvre de l'architecture des différens peuples, exécutés en modèles, sous la direction de L.-F. Cassas, ... décrite et analysée par J.-G. Legrand, ...
À Paris: de l'imprimerie de Leblanc, 1806.
196 p. ; 19.4 cm. (8º)

The text is abridged from Legrand's 'Extrait de l'Histoire Générale de l'Architecture' published in 1800 to accompany J. N. L. Durand's Recueil et parallèle des édifices de tout genre (q.v.). It was intended, as Legrand says in his conclusion (p. 196), "pour en faciliter l'examen, et pour fixer l'attention sur les particularités de chaque genre d'architecture" which was represented in the collection of architectural models made by Louis-François Cassas (1756--1827). Cassas evidently began making his collection of models of ancient buildings in about 1783, when he was working as a topographical artist for the Emperor of Austria in the north of Italy and in Istria and Dalmatia with Dufourny. His models were executed in cork or in plaster, the latter made by Jean-Pierre Fouquet. In 1806 Cassas opened a 'Galerie d'Architecture' at 8 Rue de Seine exhibiting his models, which numbered about 48. These were of celebrated buildings in antiquity, mostly of Egyptian and Classical works, concluding the survey of architectural history with three medieval monuments: the tower of Pisa, a fortress near Caesarea and the ruins of monuments near Tortosa. Each model was accompanied by a fine watercolour illustrating the nature of the site and the present state of the monument. Cassas published a complete list of the exhibits and then commissioned Legrand to publish an abbreviated version as a guide for visitors. Cassas's collection was acquired by the state in 1808, the sale being transacted on 13 February 1813. Most of the exhibits went to the École des Beaux Arts. BAL, Early printed books, no. 1811.

Soane is known to have gone to Paris for three weeks on 15 August 1814. However, it remains uncertain whether he saw Cassas's collection and where the collection was housed at that date. His Notebooks do not record the visit; his (account) Journals do not record any purchases in Paris.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title. Bought from W. Boone for 5s. 6d. on 13 February 1822, lot 238. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.8). Inscribed in ink on title-page (twice) Revd Sir John Thornton; the text with occasional marginal marks in pencil. The Soane copy has an apparently extraneous plate, showing a diagram for numbering sheep by ear-notching.

Binding C19th calf, gilt roll-tool borders, gilt-tooled spine.

Reference Number 2630


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