Book Description

A scarce book containing the English version of French architect, Viollet-le-Duc's 'Restauration' article, translated by Benjamin Bucknall from 'Dictionnaire Raisonne de l'Architecture Francaise' in which he proposed that 'To restore a building is not to preserve it, to repair, or rebuild it; it is to reinstate it in a condition of completeness which could never have existed at any given time'. Wethered's work followed his visit to various French buildings, including Notre-Dame, the Abbey Church of St. Denis and the Chateau of Pierrefonds, to study Viollet-le-Duc's restorations. He was obviously impressed - 'Individually Viollet-le-Duc is an intellectual king among men, with personal attractions of dignity and grace befitting a descendent of the old noblesse. I have never seen a noble head or a countenance more expressive of mental power. He comprises in himself the seriousness and solidity of the English character with the verve and esprit of the French temperament.'
Date 1875
Binding Original cloth gilt with bevelled boards
Publisher Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle
Condition Portrait frontis on mounted India paper with guard, half title present, free of inscriptions, some light foxing to preliminary leaves, heavier foxing to rear catalogue, top edge a little dust marked, backstrip faded. Generally VG.
Pages 110, (2) pages + 40 page publisher's catalogue

Price: £280.00

Offered by Paul Hughes

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