Rare volume documenting the principal architectural works executed in Russia and present-day Ukraine between the years 1802 and 1805 by the French architect J.F. Thomas de Thomon, including the Imperial (Bolshoi) Theatre in St. Petersburg, a neo-classical stock exchange building also in St. Petersburg, a theatre in Odessa, a triumphal column in Poltava to commemorate Peter the Great's victory against the Swedes in 1709, a government warehouse in St. Petersburg, and an ancient-style funerary temple on the grounds of the palace at Pavlovsk, each building represented with a few brief pages of text followed by elevations and ground plans, 14 engraved plates total. Text leaves and plates slightly browned, some marginal chipping, a larger area of loss to plate XIV which does not affect the image. 4to. New full morocco with gilt-lettered label to front cover, original front printed wrapper bound in. Chipping and losses to margins of original wrapper. Paris (H. Nicolle and Goeury) 1819.
Thomas de Thomon originally had his architectural designs printed for him in St. Petersburg, in 1806 and 1809. However, as noted in the preface to this volume, he was seriously injured in a fall from scaffolding at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1811, and died two years later in 1813. His brother in France commissioned the publication of this volume reusing the engraved plates from Thomas de Thomon's own 1809 publication. These engravings were originally prepared when each of the buildings was under construction. The paper quality in this volume is also fairly poor, and it may be that the plates are reused sheets from the earlier Russian editions. Very scarce in both editions; as of November 2020, OCLC locates five copies of this work in North American institutions.
Book ID: 51087