[ARCHITECTURE - FRENCH GRAND PRIX]. Recueil des grands prix d'architecture, et autres productions de cet art, couronnées en France, reduites, gravées et lavées par une Societé d'Architectes. Contents includes: manuscript half-title, title and table, 13 livraison each made up of 6 hand-coloured aquatint engravings printed on thick Holland paper for a total of 78 engravings. Tall folio, 530 x 365 mm, bound in contemporary green marbled paper covered boards, original front wrapper bound in. Preserved in a modern blue half morocco folding box. Paris: Detournelle, 1803.
First Edition, Deluxe issue from the second series of the French Grand Prix d'Architecture. A fine series of architectural aquatints, tastefully hand coloured with china ink wash, light pink, blue, yellow and green watercolour. Subjects include: 1) Normand, "Colonne rostrale," 1791; 2) Dubut, "Grenier publique," 1797; 3) Moitte, "Arc de Triomphe," 1795; Famih, "Arc de Triomphe," 1801; 5) Moreau, "Colonne nationale,' 1800; 6) Vignon, "Tribute du paix," 1795; and others.
The French Grand Prix was first approved for publication by l'Academie d'architecture in 1787 and exhibited a profound influence on contemporary European architects of the time, most notably Gilly and Schinkel. The work "may also suggest ideas to the contemporary architect. Indeed, it may not be gross an oversimplification to suggest that the work of Le Corbusier is still unconsciously based on some of these traditions, which are kept alive in France in spite of the changes in architectural idiom" (Roseneau, p. 21) Spine professionally restored, some marginal staining, overall a fine, fresh copy of a luxurious publication.
PROVENANCE: Engineer Artium Geno followed by Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow with their bookplates on the front past-down.
Roseneau, Architectural History Vol. 3 pp. 15.
Item nr. 165236