MARIETTE, Jean (1660-1742). Architecture Françoise ou receuil des plans, elevations, coupes & profils.. Paris: Jean Mariette, 1727-1738.
3 volumes (?only), 2° (vols.I & II: 428 x 285mm.; vols.[III]: 495 x 353mm). Engraved throughout. Titles and 654 plates (126 double-page [one with flap attached], 28 folding). (Occasional light soiling, a few plates slightly shaved, some small tears at folds.) Vols.I & III bound in contemporary cat's-paw calf, vol.II in contemporary mottled calf (all 3 vols. rebacked with original spines laid down). Provenance: Arthur Hugh Smith Barry (Marbury Hall, Cheshire, armorial bookplate).
Jean Mariette "continued the collection begun by his father [Pierre Mariette] of the work of such earlier engravers as Israel Silvestre, Jean Marot, and Gabriel Pérelle, and he also commissioned work from contemporary artists. Among the numerous engravings which he purchased was the complete set of plates by Jean Marot, bought from Marot's son Daniel. These formed the basis of an ambitious project Mariette undertook... to prepare a large illustrated work on French architecture from the period of Marot to contemporary times. The work was surely conceived as an extension of the Grand and Petit Marots and was assembled... to form a compendium of ecclesiastical and civil architecture in France up to the beginning of the eighteenth century": (Millard p.338). The ideal number of plates is problematic, but is discussed in detail by André Mauban in his L'architecture française de Jean Mariette (Paris, 1945). Like Piranesi in Rome fifty years later, Mariette appears to have been willing to assemble volumes of plates according to the wishes of would-be patrons; the present selection, judging by the bookplates has been together since the late-18th or early 19th-century. Sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return. (3)