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JOMBERT, Charles-Antoine (1712--1784)
Architecture moderne, ou l'art de bien bâtir pour toutes sortes de personnes. Divisée en six livres. I. De la construction. II. Des escaliers. III. Des devis. IV. Du toisé des batimens. V. Des us et coutumes. VI. De la distribution. Par Charles-Antoine Jombert. Tome premier. (... second.)
A Paris chez l'auteur, libraire du génie & de l'artillerie, 1764.
2 vols ; 28.2 cm. (4º)
I: xxvi, 554 p., engr. frontis., IX, VIII, IV pl. (all double-page or larger)
II: viii, 180 p., engr. frontis., 131 pl. (81 double-page or larger)

Architecture moderne originated as a collection of plates of the interior distribution of town houses designed by the otherwise unknown architect, Gilles Tiercelet. The designs were first published in two volumes by Claude Jombert (Charles-Antoine's father) in 1728--29; the traditional attribution to Charles Étienne Briseux is erroneous. (See W. Herrmann, 'The author of the Architecture moderne of 1728', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. XVIII pt. 2, pp. 60--62; BAL 130.) Ten years later J.-F. Blondel's De la distribution des maisons de plaisance (q.v.) was published as 'une suite de l'Architecture Moderne'. By then, however, the latter was out of print and difficult to obtain. It was this continued demand that prompted the new, expanded edition of 1764. Text surrounded by thick-thin border throughout. BAL, Early printed books, no. 131.

Copy Notes Copy 1: This copy was bought from T. & W. Boone for 14s. on 2 October 1822. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.6). Volume I inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper 2d Oct: 1822 / of Mr. Boone 2 pts and in pencil 2 toms -18-. The margins inscribed in pencil by Soane with translations from the French. Some extracts on the subject of distribution were made by him in a notebook dated ?1806 (Soane Case 137). Both volumes with printed ticket of Marchal, 'Libraire & Relieur' at Metz, and armorial bookplate inscribed in ink Bibliotheque d'Hannouville; the front free-endpapers of vol. I with the collector's stamp, 'H' for Hannouville. The second front free-endpaper is inscribed in pencil with an earlier price 2 tom 1. 11. 6 and a [French?] library shelf-mark in the form C 119 no 2.
Copy 2: 28.0 cm. This or copy 3 was purchased at Christie's, 17 February 1815, lot 60. Both volumes with numerous pencil translations, definitions and some small diagrams in the margins, vol. II with a sheet of definitions in ink loosely inserted at pl. 40.

Binding Copy 1: C18th French sponged calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, front covers with gilt-tooled crests of five feathers.
Copy 2: Late C18th calf, gilt-ruled spine, red and green spine-labels.
Copy 3: C18th mottled calf, gilt-tooled spines, red and green morocco spine-labels.

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