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DUMONT, Gabriel-Pierre-Martin (ca. 1720--after 1790)
[Parallele de plans des plus belles salles de spectacles. 1774]
Parallele de plans des plus belles salles de spectacles d'Italie. et de France avec des détails de machines théatrales. au nombre de 54: planche, du prix de 24:H Mis au jour par le sieur Dumont, proffesseur d'architecture.
A Paris rue des Arcis, dans la maison occupée par un commissaire, [1774].
[60] pl.; 54 cm. (2°)

The complicated publishing history of this collection of plates is spelled out in detail in the BAL, Early printed books, no. 938, identifying four stages: a first issue [A], undated and without 'et de France' on the title-plate, which must have appeared before 1765; another issue [B] appearing as one of the constituent suites in Dumont's collection published between 1766 and 1770 under the title Recueil de plusieurs parties d'architecture (q.v.), containing about 35 leaves of plates with the addition of 'et de France' to the title (a copy of which is also in the Soane Museum, q.v.); another version [C] with a line added to the title-plate indicating a new total of '54: planche, du prix de 24:H'; and the present, separate edition [D] containing sixty plates, likely first issued in or after 1774, the latest date given on any of the plates (pl [4] and [40]) and in an advertisement at the bottom of the title-plate [1] for the 'description intéressante des thèatres Italiens' in Masson de Morvilliers's Abrégé élémentaire de la géographie universelle de l'Italie, 1774, available from Moutard. The present copy is identical to the one in the BAL. The plates added to this edition include two leaves (printed from 3 coppers) from suite 12 of the Recueil (q.v.), depicting the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the 'Arc d'Orange'. BAL, Early printed books, no. 938.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on front pastedown 1:11:6 and in ink 24l; inscribed in ink on rear pastedown rv.

Binding Contemporary C18th quarter mottled sheep, brown Kleisterpapier boards, brown morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 2151


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