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Projet d'une salle de spectacle pour un théatre de comédie. London, Paris, Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1765. 12mo (18 x 11 cm). With floor plans, interior elevations, sections and a plan of the ceiling decoration of a theatre on 6 folding engraved plates, and decorations built up from rococo fleurons. Late 19th-century red half cloth.
Cioranesco 19932; not in BAL; Cohen-De Ricci. First edition of a charming treatise with beautiful engraved plates with plans, cross-sections, an elevation of the stage and a plan of the decorated ceiling for a proposed design for a new comedy theatre to be built in Paris, by the famous graphic artist, draughtsman and engraver Charles Nicholas Cochin the younger (1715-1790). Like his father, the son worked mainly as a book illustrator, producing print series for Lafontaine's tales and the works of Rousseau, Boccaccio, Tasso, etc. He also collaborated with the architect Bellicard to produce a work on Roman antiquities. His designs for the festivals and splendid ceremonies at the court of Louis XV became especially famous. All six plates are signed by the engraver Maroye, who collaborated with Cochin on several projects. The book was printed in Paris.The title-page is a cancel and the watermarks confirm that the cancel title-page was printed with the second quire as the last leaf B12, so the book is not a reissue and the title-page may therefore have been cancelled to correct an error discovered during the printing.Lacking the initial blank leaf, A1. With the engraved bookplate (signed "Stern graveur") of Ludovic Halévy (1834 -1908), literary author and poet of Offenbach librettos. Very good copy, with only occasional very minor foxing, and nearly untrimmed (retaining some deckles and point holes).
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