Paris: A. Levy, 1889. First edition. Half Leather, with significant rubbing and chipping along leather portions. Folio (14" x 11"), pp. 284, illustrated with many b/w drawings and 25 magnificent plates. Text in French. Pages and plates are clean aside from a few occasional library stamps. Good; portion of backstrip missing; hinges cracking, though interior text block is sound. Item #19036
Exceedingly rare in the 1889 edition; no copies exist in any US library! The closest one is in Canada, and several are in illustrious collections like the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris. The earliest treatise on cupolas (ie, domes) that we've ever encountered. The author was a noted architect who built many mansions and castles, including the mansion of the Boulevard du Temple in Reims, the Neuflize castle at Neuflize, the Dauphinot villa in Cormontreuil, the Henri-Louis Walbaum mansion in Reims, and the mansion of Raoul de Bary in Reims.