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DUBUT, Louis Ambroise (1769--1846)
Architecture civile. Maisons de ville et de campagne de toutes formes et de tous genres, projetées pour être construite sur des terreins de différentes grandeurs; ouvrage utile à tous constructeurs et entrepreneurs, et à toutes personnes qui, ayant quelques connaissances en construction, veulent elles-mêmes diriger leurs bâtimens. ... par L.A. Dubut, ...
Paris: de l'imprimerie de J. M. Eberhart, An XI. [1803.]
[6] p., add. engr. t.-pl., [89] pl. ; 49.9 cm. (2°)

Imprint on verso of half-title reads: 'A Paris, Chez L'Auteur, Cloítre Notre-Dame, n.o 2. Thierry, Graveur, Rue de la Harpe, n.o 172, près la rue Serpente. Buisson, Imprimeur-Libraire, Rue Hautefeuille, n.o 20.' According to the list of prices on the verso of the half-title, the work was issued on 'Papier de France', 90 francs; on 'Grand Colombier de Hollande', 120 francs; and 'Le même lavé à l'encre de la Chine', 400 francs. Berlin Kat. 2447.

Copy Notes Copy 1: The 'DUPUY AUVERGNE' watermark suggests that this is an ordinary 'Papier de France' copy, originally sold for 90 francs.
Copy 2: 52.2 cm. 'Grand Colombier de Holland' issue (watermark: 'J KOOL' or 'VAN DER LEY') with the plates hand-tinted with grey and pink wash. The cost of copies 'lavé à l'encre de la Chine' is stated in the list of prices as 400 francs. However, in this copy the list of prices has been cancelled by means of a blank paste-over slip, and the verso of the first rear free-endpaper is inscribed in ink 220f. As Dubut was evidently forced to reduce his prices, it seems likely that the copy of his book bought for Soane by Edward Conduitt from P. Salmon in Paris on 9 September 1819 for 190 francs was this special tinted one sold at a further discount. (Priv. Corr. XVI.B.4.2). The author's address has been amended in ink to read quartier notre dame, quai de la cité au coin de la rue de la colombe. Pasted down on verso of first front free-endpaper is the engraved ticket of the binder 'N. Tessier, No. 45 rue de la Harpe, Paris' (his address from 1809 to 1843).

Binding Copy 1: C19th half calf, blind roll-tooled borders, blind-ruled and gilt roll-tooled spine, green spine-label, purple moiré cloth boards.
Copy 2: C19th blue straight-grain morocco, gilt-tooled borders and musical trophies in the corners, the upper and lower covers inlaid with red morocco labels, gilt-lettered with title and author's name, gilt Vitruvian scroll borders, yellow-tinted endpapers. The spine backed in darker blue straight-grain morocco, elaborately gilt-tooled with urns, stars and griffons. Pasted down on verso of first front free-endpaper is the engraved ticket of the binder N. Tessier (see copy notes above).

Reference Number 2136


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