1833. Percier. 2 vols.: VII, 354 pp. text, list of plates in plate volume, and: Plans de Plusieurs Chateaux, Palais et Résidences de Souverains... Engraved title and 37 engraved plates (3 double) showing plans of existing and projected palaces and their gardens. Some slight toning and foxing to title page and throughout plate volume, not affecting the clarity of the images. 4to and large folio. Cloth boards, some soiling and staning to text volume, minor wear at extremities. Paris (Chez les Auteurs, au Louvre) 1833. Brunet 9924. Berlin Cat. 1929. Placzek II, 289.
The famous work, printed by Didot l'Ainé, was created in honor of Crown Prince Frederick William (later King Frederick William IV) of Prussia, admirer of Percier and Fontaine since his visit to them in newly conquered Paris in 1815. The great interest of the volume is in their presentation of the architectural fate of the Louvre, Tuileries, their planned and never-executed reunion, annexes, etc., and, most of all, of the grandiose "Palais du Roi de Rome," planned to face the Ecole Militaire and Champ de Mars and doomed by the demise of the First Empire. Seventy-four pages of the text describe, with some bitterness and self-pity, these projects, inextricably and tragically connected with French history. Additional French and foreign palaces covered include the Palace of Versailles, the Grand-Trianon and Petit-Trianon, the Belgian Palace of Laeken, Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Ludwigsburg Palace in Württemberg, the Royal Palace of Stockholm, St. Michael's Castle in St. Petersburg, the Royal Palace of Madrid, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Royal Palace of Naples, El Escorial in Spain, and others.
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