3 June 2009
CHAPUY, Nicolas Marie Joseph (1790-1858). Le Moyen-age monumental et archéologique. Paris: A. Hauser, 1840-1843.
2 volumes, 2° (451 x 300mm). 4 lithographic wrappers and 421 lithographic plates. (Light spotting throughout, sometimes heavier to a few plates.) General letterpress text introduction with recent linen backing preserving original printed buff upper wrapper, contained in two 20th-century leather-backed portfolios and slipcases, with 2 original wrappers pasted to inside of portfolios, preserving one loose wrapper in 2nd volume.
An accomplished architect and landscape painter, Chapuy is perhaps best known for his stunning lithographs. He exhibited regularly at the Salon and in 1833 won a third-class medal for his lithography. Collations of the present work differ widely, with the V&A copy in 4 vols, to 1846. RIBA 618 (with substantial differences between copies). (2)
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