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Les Ruines de les Plus Beaux Monuments de - LE ROY, Julien David - 1758. 
Guerin Delatour and Nyon Paris 1758 - First edition. 2 parts in one volume, large folio (55.7 x 41 cm. approx.), xiv, 56; vi, 28 pp., 60 engraved plates light dampstaining to about 10 plates at end (mainly marginal), contemporary mottled calf, rebacked preserving spine, corners worn, lightly rubbed, a very good copy. A magnificent work which remained a major source of information about Greek architecture for many years. After visiting Greece in 1754 Le Roy managed to publish his collection of drawings before James Stuart and Nicholas Revett's first volume of the 'Antiquities of Athens' (1762). Although criticised by Stuart, the plates in this book are beautiful and Le Roy's treatise "provides the theoretical framework and many of the actual models for French neo-classical architecture". (Millard). Blackmer 1009; Brunet III, 1003; Cohen-de Ricci 627; Millard French Books 101; Berlin Cat. 1888. [Attributes: First Edition]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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