Engraved frontis., numerous engravings in the text, & 58 mostly folding engraved plates. 2 p.l., xxxviii, , 408,  pp. Large thick 4to, cont. cat’s paw polished calf, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: P.J. Mariette, 1750.
First published in 1691 and revised by Le Blond in the early 18th century, the Cours d’Architecture was totally revised and enlarged with new designs of buildings and ornaments by Mariette in 1738. Our edition of 1750 was the one most familiar to architects of the mid-18th century; it “was the standard work for architects…This book included a life of Vignola, a description of buildings by him and by Michelangelo, and a dictionary of architectural terms. Daviler also gave practical advice for the design and construction of buildings. His book contained plans and elevations of a typical house and designs of all architectural details such as door-ways, entrances, and windows, including even the design of gardens.”–Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects, Vol. I, p. 504.
A very fine and attractive copy of this richly illustrated work, with the plates all in fine dark impressions.
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