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LAUGIER, Marc-Antoine (1713--1769)
[Essai sur l'architecture. 1755]
Essai sur l'architecture. Nouvelle edition, revue, corrigée, & augmentée; avec un dictionnaire des termes, et des planches qui en facilitent l'explication. Par le P. Laugier, de la Compagnie de Jesus.
A Paris chez Duchesne, libraire, 1755.
xliv, [4], 316, [4] p., engr. frontis., 8 fold. pl. ; 19.1 cm. (8º)

To illustrate and better explain his theory that the fundamental principles of architecture should be rationally derived from its natural origins in man's first dwelling, Laugier added to this revised edition of his controversial Essai, 1st ed., Paris 1753 (q.v.) a glossary with eight explanatory plates and an allegorical frontispiece drawn and etched by Charles Eisen (1720--1778). The latter depicts Architecture turning her back on the broken remains of the classical orders and pointing instead at a wall- and window-less structure constructed of living trees. The constituent elements of this 'primitive hut' - free-standing columns resting directly on the ground, an entablature denoting a flat ceiling, and the angle of a sloping roof a triangular pediment - remained in Laugier's view essential touchstones of true beauty in architecture. With a list of errata on prelim. page [4] and a final page of bookseller's advertisements. BAL, Early printed books, no. 1774; Hooked on Books 2.3.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Variant with title-page printed in red and black, with traces of both ink colours. In this copy the frontispiece is printed on the verso of the leaf a1 the recto of which is blank except for the signature. Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper 3/6 / John Soane / 1808. Inscribed in ink on rear endpapers with notes by Soane referring to the text.
Copy 2:
19.3 cm. Variant with title-page printed in red and black. This copy has the frontispiece printed on heavier paper with the laid lines wider set, and leaf a1 blank save the signature on the recto. Inscribed by Soane in ink on recto of frontispiece and correcting some of the errata, and in pencil on rear endpapers with notes referring to the text and with sketches and marginal notes in ink and pencil alongside the letterpress.

Binding Copy 1: C18th calf, gilt-tooled spine with tulip motif.
Copy 2
: C18th mottled calf, blind-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine with floral motif, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 2603


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