Title Murs et Toits Pour Les Pays de Chez-Nous (Three Folios or Volumes)
Edition First Edition
Publisher Paris Chez Dan 1923, 1924, 1926
Seller ID 002133
Three oblong volumes full of architectural plans, line sketchings of the elevations of those plans, and color plates with more elaborate realizations of some of the structures in their settings. Covered are all kinds of public buildings throughout France -- city or town halls, schools, courts, theaters, festival halls, train stations, post offices, hotels, hospitals, factories -- as well as farm houses, barns, houses. Many of the designs are picturesque and easy on the eye. Accompanying each design is a textual description and explanation, often placing it in its local context, and fitting into the surroundings is a virtue strenuously advocated by the work. Overall this is an ambitious work that surely was intended for a wider audience than the profession, and it is something one can easily enjoy as a coffee table book in the best sense. Spine cloth has been repaired on two volumes. Some general wear to the boards, and the marbling, already dark, may have darkened on the paper pastedowns, and the gilt, bright on one of the volumes, is dulled on the other two. In one volume the leaves, held together by cord, are loose on the front side because of typical tears between the holes for the string and the edges. Each volume measures 39 by 29 cm, or 15.5 by 11.5 inches.