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LEDOUX, Claude-Nicolas (1736--1806)
L'architecture considérée sous le rapport de l'art, des moeurs et de la législation; par C.N. Ledoux. Tome premier. De l'imprimerie de H.L. Perronneau.
A Paris chez l'auteur, 1804.
[2], 240 p., engr. dedic., 125 pl. (including add. engr. t.-pl. and engr. frontis., on 116 leaves) ; 55.0 cm. (2°)

This is the first tome of a projected four-volume work in which Ledoux hoped to epitomise his architectural work and philosophy. He began engraving his designs of the saltworks and surrounding town of Chaux at Arc-et-Senans and the theatre at Besançon in 1780. Though he continued producing engravings, this was the only volume of L'architecture published during his lifetime. The architect Daniel Ramée, who inherited Ledoux's copper plates, published a second volume in London in 1846 and a second edition of the entire work in Paris the following year. Soane's copy of volume I only includes an unnumbered engraved dedication 'A Sa Majestée L'Empereur De Toutes Les Russies ...' signed 'Le Doux' and Gravée par Dien' which is not present in an apparently earlier issue or impression of the book and has 9 leaves each printed with 2 coppers (pl. 44--45, 47--48, 51--54, 56--59, 66--67, 77--78, 85--86) as opposed to 7 leaves printed with 2 coppers recorded in the BAL copy. See BAL, Early printed books, no. 1806. Hooked on Books 1.1.

Copy Notes Soane owned two copies of Ledoux's prospectus, one of which was sent him by the bookseller Josiah Taylor in 1803 (q.v.). He bought his copy from Dulau & Co. for £18 on 13 December 1804 (cheque stubs, 1804), and evidently requested Dulau to obtain the second volume, to which the latter replied on 8 July 1806 'not yet published'. (Spiers Box Misc. Booksellers). Marginal notes in pencil on pp. 10, 29.

Binding C19th russia, gilt-tooled anthemion border, blind-tooled anthemion panel, gilt-tooled spine. Thomas Boone charged Soane £2 10s. on 6 January 1819 for binding this 'Atlas folio Russia Bands Gilt &c'. (Spiers Box).

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