Viollet-Le-Duc, Eugène Emmanuel.
Dictionnaire raisonné de l'architecture Française du XIe au XVIe siècle.
Paris, Librairies-Imprimeries Réunies, no date. [ca. 1870]
10 vols., engraved frontispiece portrait, with hundreds illustrations.
25,5 x 15 cm. Contemporary quarter red morocco, marbled boards.
A fine set of Viollets-le-Duc´s great dictionnaire, originally published between 1854 and 1868, but here in a slightly later date reissue.
Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814 – 1879) was a French architect and author who restored many prominent medieval landmarks in France, including those which had been damaged or abandoned during the French Revolution. His major restoration projects included Notre Dame Cathedral, the Basilica of Saint Denis, Mont Saint-Michel, Sainte-Chapelle, and the medieval walls of the city of Carcasonne. His later writings on the relationship between form and function in architecture had a notable influence on a new generation of architects, including Antonio Gaudi, Victor Horta, and Louis Sullivan.
Viollet-le-Duc is considered by many to be the first theorist of modern architecture. Sir John Summerson wrote that "there have been two supremely eminent theorists in the history of European architecture – Leon Battista Alberti and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
Volume 10, the index volume, incorporating blank pages on which the reader was expected to add additional index entriers of his own.
Top of a few spines trifle worn.
Fine, attractively bound set.