CLÉRISSEAU (Charles-Louis) et Jacques-Guillaume LEGRAND.

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CLÉRISSEAU (Charles-Louis) et Jacques-Guillaume LEGRAND.
Antiquités de la France. Première partie. [Monumens de Nismes]. Paris, De l'Imprimerie de Pierre Didot l'aîné, An XII - 1804. 2 volumes large in-folio, marbled fawn half-calf, smooth spine (Early 20th century binding). Second edition, partly original, of this fine and important work on the history and monuments of Nîmes. The first volume contains the descriptive text, considerably enlarged by the architect Jacques-Guillaume Legrand, and the second forms the atlas, containing 63 beautiful copper-engraved plates. Trained as an architect, Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1720-1820) spent time in Rome in the mid-18th century, where he met Piranesi and Panini, befriended Hubert Robert and extensively studied the ancient remains of the Eternal City. On his return to France, he traveled south to prepare a monumental work on the antiquities of France, of which only this first part was published in 1778. Extensive dampstaining at the top and bottom corners of the plates. Vertical fold on the first two plates of the atlas. Mottling at the head of the text volume, a few small freckles, vertical crease on the faux-tittre and title. Rubbing to binding, and small snag to tail; scuffing to second plate of atlas.
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