BLONDEL, Jacques-François (1705-1774). De la Distribution des Maisons de Plaisance et de la Décoration des Édifices en Général. Paris: Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1737-38.
2 volumes, 4° (283 x 214 mm). Engraved frontispiece in volume I and 2 headpieces in volume II after Cochin fils, 155 engraved plates, mostly by Blondel. Contemporary blue morocco gilt, spine gilt with red morocco lettering-pieces. Provenance: 2nd Marquess of Bute (Luton Library bookplate).
Jacques-François Blondel, nephew of François, was 'the most significant French architectural educator of the eighteenth century...[in the Distribution] his objective was to establish design principles for domestic architecture that corresponded to the classical principles already in practice for civic structures' (Millard). The plates include designs for a water-closet, here called 'lieu à soupape' rather than 'lieu à l'Angloise' as was more common. Berlin Kat. 2400; Fowler 49; Millard 25.