CLOCHAR, Pierre. Palais, Maisons et Vues D'Italie. , title, ,  pp. Illustrated with 102 numbered full-page engraved plates by Bence and Clochar. Folio, 465 x 305 mm, bound in original French red paper over boards, leather title label on spine. Uncut. Paris: P. Gueffier, 1809.
First Edition. French architect Pierre Clochar (b. 1774) made these drawings of Italian buildings and architecture in situ. Published upon his return to France, this collection of illustrations documents not only the landmark architecture of Italy but also vernacular edifices, keeping with Clochar's declared intention to present Italian buildings either unknown or previously unpublished (Introduction).
Many of the images in Clochar's Palais, Maisons et Vues show denizens in local costume. Among the plates are floor plans, views of facades and ornaments, and cross sections of buildings. Clochar's study focuses on the buildings in and around Rome, but includes views of Florence, Tivoli, Fiesole, Venice, Ferrara, Pisa, and Genoa, as well. A few very light spots internally. Overall, an extremely fine copy in its original binding, rebacked with matching red paper spine.
PROVENANCE: Circular ink stamp on title of the Convent d'Etude de France; ex-libris of architect Rohault de Fleury (1801-1875), who designed several public and private buildings in Paris and wrote the first "Manuel des lois du batiment" (Paris: Central Society of Architects, 1862), followed by a number of magnificently illustrated works: "Les instruments de la Passion" (Paris, 1870); "L'évangile, études iconographiques et archéologiques" (Tours, 1874); and "La Messe, études archéologiques sur ses monuments" (Paris, 1883-98).
Berlin Katalog 2735.
Item nr. 142718