Paris: Ducher & Cie for Librairie Générale de l'Architecture et des Travaux Publics, 1876–1881. Altogether 8 volumes, including 2 vols. of text, 2 vols. of printed plates, and 4 vols. of mounted photographs; I,II: 532, 425 pp. detailed text by the building's architect on the artistic sources, theory behind the structure, and the design, construction and decoration of Le Théatre de l'Opera in Paris, which was completed in 1874 and stands as one of the great architectural achievements of the second half of the 19th century; III, IV: Two volumes with 76 discreet plates numbered 1-100 consecutively (including many double plates), 20 of which are superb chromolithographs, showing exquisitely detailed and beautifully rendered plans, cross sections, elevations, and exterior and interior details of the grand building including paintings, mosaics, metalwork, stage mechanics, reception rooms, etc.; V, VI, VII, VIII: Four volumes, each with separate title and list of plates, containing altogether 115 mounted original photographic prints ranging in size from 5" x 14" to 11" x 15" (mostly larger), created by Edouard Durandelle expressly for this publication, most of the photographs in an excellent state of preservation with highly contrasting blacks and whites and little fading. Some mild to moderate foxing on individual plates. Vols. I and II, 4to., orig. leather-backed boards, spines rubbed and chipped; Vols. II-VIII, elephant folios, orig. boards portfolios, spines rebacked.
The exceedingly rare complete series of this monumental work on the Palais Garnier, the remarkably opulent Parisian opera house built from 1861 to 1875.
Garnier's enterprise proved to be extremely expensive; the individual parts were sold separately upon completion and only few complete sets were assembled. Our complete series includes the four portfolios with 115 original photographic prints, which are missing in most sets: "Peintures Decoratives. Plafonds, Panneaux, Voutes, Tympans" (20 photographs), "Statues Decoratives" (35 photographs), "Sculpture Ornamentale" (45 photographs), and "Bronzes. Candelabres, Lustres, Torcheres, Appliques, Lampadaires" (15 photographs).
Despite small imperfections, including occasional foxing and wear to plates, altogether a very good copy of a work that seldom comes to market complete.
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