À Paris: Chez Jombert, rue St. Jacques, à l'Image Nostre Dame, [between 1691 & 1737]. Third edition. Folio. 2 parts in one volume. 38 (i.e., 36, page 36 being misnumbered 38) pages. 60 (i.e., 62, with two plates each numbered 30 & 31) engraved plates (38 of them double-page) including 3 title pages, portrait of the author, plans, elevations, and views. Early 18th century full cat's-paw calf, spine with raised bands, gilt-tooled with fleurons, stars, and rolls, brown morocco label gilt-titled, marbled endpapers, all edges red; generally rubbed and chipped at corners and spine extremities, joints partially cracking, but a very good solid copy. Light foxing and soil, engraved bookplate of M.P.J. Besnard (1741-1808), "Architecte a Rennes", signed by engraver A. Ollivault; on an endpaper in a Besnard ownership signature, dated 1694, which, if accurate, would place the printing early in the 1690s. Item #55904
A collection of designs for seven chateaux and the Chapelle de Port-Royal by Le Pautre, a prominent architect of the age of Mansart and Le Vau. Brunet and Graesse noted a first edition comprising plates only and then a second edition introducing the descriptive text, which they attributed to A.-C. d'Aviler. Berlin Kat. (Katalog des ornamentstichsammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek) 2375. Fowler Architectural Collection 181, clearly differentiating the third edition with Jombert at Rue St. Jacques, which premises he occupied 1691-1737. Despite wear, a handsome volume. (2410).