(ARCHITECTURE.) LeTarouilly, Paul. Édifices de Rome moderne ou recueil des palais, maisons, eglises, couvents . . . de la ville de Rome. 4 volumes, including text volume. Additional engraved title, engraved portrait, 354 engraved plates, double-page engraved map. Plates volumes large folio, text is smaller folio, contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards, top edges gilt, scuffed, Volume 1 loose from text block; ex-library, with stamps and bookplates, internally unmarked. Paris, Morel, 1857-68
Early (likely third) Paris edition. A fine set and complete with the text volume, often missing. One of the most important architectural publications of the 19th century. 'His great contribution, of course, was the Edifices de Rome moderne the first volume of which appeared in 1840 [published by Didot]. Finally completed with the publication of the third volume in 1860, this was the bible of the later Renaissance Revival in France as of several generations of academic architects throughout the rest of the world.'--Hitchcock, page 47. An indispensable work and influence on numerous 19th century American architects including H. H. Richardson (most notably in his design for the Western Railway Offices, Springfield). "The Edifices was one of the most important reference books for the architect and the architectural student of the last half of the 19th and the first quarter of the 20th century"-- Millard, French Books, 102.