BOILLOT, Joseph (1546-c.1603). Novveaux povrtraitsz et figures de termes pour vser en l'architecture. Langres: Jean des Preyz, [dedication dated 1592].
2° (310 x 194mm). Title within engraved border, incorporating various animals and Boillot's device at head. Engraved portrait of Boillot on A1r with his device in border, 55 full-page illustrations of termes, including 39 signed engravings and 16 woodcuts by Boillot, additional engraved crowned mask on I8v. Woodcut head- and tailpieces, historiated and criblé initials. (Paper repair on C1v causing partial loss of tailpiece, lower margin of E4 with two small stains, very light spotting and occasional very light soiling). 20th-century old style panelled calf gilt, darker brown calf onlays along panels, fleur-de-lys corner-pieces at inner panel, central gilt ornament on sides.
RARE FIRST EDITION of this architectural pattern book for termes, figurative columns. Boissot advocated new designs for termes, replacing the usual figure of an enslaved man or woman struggling under the weight of a building with that of various animals. The fifty-five decorative illustrations include real, imaginary and mythological beasts which have been incorporated into baroque ornamental plinths, statues or busts. Starting with the largest animals, capable of carrying heavy burdens, such as an elephant and rhinoceros, the work finishes with the smaller and weaker animals, such as porcupines and monkeys.
Boillot was an engineer and artist. He engraved the illustrations for his own books, both on wood and copper, including the well-known Instruments de Guerre (1598). Berlin Kat. 3922; Brunet I, 1064: "devenu rare"; Mortimer, Harvard French 108.