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FREZIER, Amédée-François (1682--1773)
La theorie et la pratique de la coupe des pierres et des bois, pour la construction des voutes et autres parties des bâtimens civils & militaires, ou traité de stereotomie a l'usage de l'architecture, par M. Frezier, ...
A Strasbourg chez Jean Daniel Doulsseker le fils, marchand libraire; a Paris, chez L.H. Guerin l'aíné, 1737--38.
2 vols [ex 3] ; 24.0 cm. (4º)
I: [12], 424 p., 27 fold. pl. : [2] engr. illus.
II: [20], 503, [1] p., 28--69 [i.e. 42] fold. pl. : [2] engr. illus.

Volumes I and II only. Charles Antoine Jombert was the Paris publisher of the first edition of vols II and III, and some copies have vol. I as a reissue of the sheets with the imprint of Jombert. Additionally a Dissertation sur les ordres d'architecture, of uncertain bibliographical status and dated 1738, was issued in Strasburg by Doulsseker. The 'Avertissement' in vol. II suggests that the change of Paris publisher was due to Frezier's dissatisfaction with the work as it progressed. (See BAL Early printed books, no. 1138.) The appreciation of the lightness of Gothic construction expressed by Frezier in this standard work on stonecutting was influential upon Marc Antoine Laugier and Jacques Germain Soufflot. A revised and simplified two volume edition of the Traité de stereotomie was published in 1759--60 for use at Jacques-Francois Blondel's school of architecture in Paris.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the third volume published in 1739. Bought from Lackington for £1 10s. on 26 April 1806. (Archive 16/12/29).

Binding C18th sprinkled sheep, gilt-tooled spines, red morocco spine-labels, mottled edges.

Reference Number 2299


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