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ANDROUET DU CERCEAU, Jacques (1510--1584)
Le premier volvme des plus excellents bastiments de France. Auquel sont designez les plans de quinze bastiments, & de leur contenu: ensemble les eleuations & singularitez d'vn chascun. Par Iacques Androvet, dv Cerceav architecte.
A Paris pour ledit Jacques Androuet, du Cerceau, 1607.
8 leaves, 64 [i.e. 65] pl. (=76 coppers) ; 42.5 cm. (2°)

First published in 1576. The companion volume, Le second volume ..., first appeared in 1579 and both volumes were issued in a second edition in 1607. Soane's set is made up of the second edition of Le premier volume and the first edition of Le second volume (q.v.). (Another made-up set, formed by the first edition of volume I and the second edition of volume II, is described in BAL Early printed books, nos. 100 & 101.) The plates in this volume consist of double-page engravings with the exception of plates 27 and 62, which are printed on single-page leaves. Seven plates each bear the impressions of two distinct coppers (pl. 38 and 60 bear three such impressions). The present copy contains only five coppers relating to St Germain-en-Laye, one having apparently been omitted in error by the printer. In this copy also, the two coppers numbered 54 are printed on separate leaves. Folio A2 misfoliated '3'.

Copy Notes Soane's set was purchased on his behalf by J. Williams for £3 13s. at the sale of John Nash's library, 15--20 July 1835 (q.v.), lot 160. (Spiers Box, Purchases through personal friends). Both volumes have the armorial bookplate of Isaac Ware pasted down on the verso of the title-page. This volume additionally has an inserted note in a C17th French hand signed by Jean Fomberg (?) and possibly addressed to Mr Fradel, with measurements etc. pertaining to tapestry on the verso. Pencil ciphers on pastedowns.

Binding C17th vellum, gilt double-rule borders, gilt-tooled strapwork cartouche centrepiece and fleur-de-lis corners on upper and lower covers, gilt double-rule spine with gilt-tooled rose motif. Traces of two pairs of ties.

Reference Number 1613


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