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BOILEAU, Louis-Charles, fils.
Monument Gambetta. Souscription et programme. Commentaire du projet Aub�-Boileau et monographe.
Paris, [Soye et Fils.] for Andr�, Daly Fils et Co., [1887]. FIRST EDITION. Large folio, pp. 69, [4], [3, blank], [75]-88, [2, blank], (i.e. pp. 90) half-title printed in red, main title printed in red and black, illustrations in the text, 20 tinted plates in h�liogravure printed by Lemercier; plates and a few leaves of text a little foxed in places; loose as issued in contemporary pebble-grain cloth-backed marbled boards, front cover lettered in gilt; extremities a little worn. Soon after the death of the Republican L�on Gambetta in 1883, a national committee was formed to initiate the design for a suitable monument of the Franco-German War hero. Four entries are described and illustrated in the work which includes elevations, detailed plans and artists impressions of the monument in situ. The winner was the architect Louis-Charles Boileau, whose obelisk was adorned with statuary work by Jean-Paul Aub� (1837-1916), cast in bronze. The estimate for the cost of the monument was a staggering 350,000 francs which was raised through public subscription. The monument erected in the Place du Carrousel approximately on the site of the Louvre Pyramid. The Vichy government, keen to show patriotism had the bronze portions melted down in 1941 with the bare obelisk being later removed in the 1950's. The Mus�e d'Orsay retains the maquette and the sculpture of Gambette has found a home in the Square �douard-Vaillant. OCLC locates copies in the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Frick Museum, the V&A, at Columbia University and in the Biblioth�que Nationale (all without pa … [Click Below for Full Description]
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