1867-1873 Dictionnaire raisonné de l'architecture française du XIè au XVIè siècle
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Illustrated, Leather Binding, Scarce
A lovely set of this scarce dictionary compiled by architect Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc. Best known for his restoration of some of the most prominent medieval landmarks in France, including the Notre-Dame de Paris and Mont Saint-Michel, Viollet-le-Duc's writings on the relationship between form and function in architecture had a fundamental influence on a whole new generation of architects, including nouveau artists such as Antoni Gaudí. The dictionary contains Viollet-le-Duc's famous redefinition of restoration as a process of re-establishing a building 'in a complete state which may never have existed at any given moment'. This set is comprised of mixed editions, so publication date of each volume does not ascend across the set. From the library of Doctor Malcolm Higgs, an important architectural historian who worked as an assistant architect to Stirling & Gowan, working on their particularly renowned Leicester University Engineering Laboratory. During his long career he taught at the University of Edinburgh School of Architecture, Canterbury School of Architecture, and University of Nottingham. Later in his life he was the Vice-President and Honorary Librarian of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and contributed and edited the ‘Journal of Architecture’.
In a quarter green leather binding over paper boards. Externally, smart. All volumes are missing some paper at the extremities. Volumes 2, 3, 4, 8, and 10 are a little rubbed to the spine, and the earlier two volumes are also lightly rubbed to the boards. The front hinge is starting but firm to volumes 1, 5, and 7, and, the rear hinge is starting to volumes 1 and 7. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally clean, with some patches of light scattered foxing to volumes 2-5.
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