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    Sale 7725

    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts, Including Fine Plate books from an Historic Continental Library

    3 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 205

    HIRT, Aloys Ludwig (1759-1837). Die Baukunst nach den Grundsätzen der Alten. Berlin: Realschulbuchhandlung, 1809.

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    HIRT, Aloys Ludwig (1759-1837). Die Baukunst nach den Grundsätzen der Alten. Berlin: Realschulbuchhandlung, 1809.

    2° (420 x 271mm). 50 engraved plates after Friedrich Weinbrenner. Directions to the binder are not printed on the fly-title to the plates, as described in RIBA. (A few minor spots.) Contemporary russia panelled in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges.

    A BIBLIOPHILE COPY. Hirt was an archaeologist and teacher at the Bauakademie in Berlin who had lived in Rome from 1782-96. He found 'the very ideal of architecture' in Greek architecture, and held that 'the man who builds properly inevitably builds in the Greek manner'. He was a strong proponent of 'form follows function', and advocated a functionalist Classicism, with both structure and ornament determined by the building's purpose. Cf. Kruft, History of Architectural Theory from Vitruvius to the Present, 1974, p. 293; Berlin Kat. 2058; J. Zimmer, 'Nachrichten über Aloys Hirt und Bibliographie seiner gedruckten Schriften', Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen, 41, 1999, no. 60; RIBA 1506.


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