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Monographie du Palais de Fontainebleau - PFNOR Rodolphe CHAMPOLLION-FIGEAC Jacqu - 1863. 
1863 - PFNOR, Rodolphe. Monographie du Palais de Fontainebleau". Accompagnée d'un texte historique et descriptif par [Jacques-Joseph] Champollion-Figeac. Paris: A. Morel, 1863. Two volumes. Elephant folio (19 by 25 inches), contemporary three-quarter brown morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers. $4000.First edition of this comprehensive catalogue of architectural features of the great Palace at Fontainebleau, with 150 wonderfully detailed full-page tinted engravings (of which five are striking chromolithographs) and numerous in-text line-cuts, decorative head- and tailpieces, and initial letters.The Palais de Fontainebleau was a favorite hunting lodge of French nobility, as well as of Napoleon himself, before Versailles. Over time, each of its occupants seemed determined to make improvements, either through new buildings or new decorations. This has resulted in the present profusion of courtyards and structures with varying decorative and architectural styles. It was in the Renaissance, however, that the palace underwent its most spectacular transformation. François I commissioned a new entrance, the Ballroom, and the Saint Saturnin Chapel. He also saw to the construction of buildings encircling the current White Horse Courtyard, and of the François I Gallery to link the two groups of buildings. Pfnor credits Sebastiano Serlio with building the Gallery, though modern scholars find no documentation to verify this claim. Later, François I's son, Henry II, and Catherine de Medici "employed architects Philibert Delorme and Jean Bullant to build a new palace on the site. Italian Mannerist artists Rosso Fiorentino and Primaticcio came to assist in the interior decoration, helping to found the School of Fontainebleau" (Jeffery Howe). Half titles read, "Châteaux de la Renaissance." Text in French. Several double-page images rotated and bound as single pages. Without the 1885 Continuation. Plates nearly fine, with only scattered patches of foxing to a few; minor rubbing to contemporary binding. A very desirable copy in near-fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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