BÂTIMENT PITTORESQUES: RECUEIL DE COTTAGES, VILLAS, CHÁLETS, BÂTIMENTS DE COMMUNS ET DE BASSE-COUR. ETC. ETC. EXECUTÉS DANS LES ENVIRONS DE PARIS.

Paris: Neuhaus, Lith. 1867. Double-spread decorated lithographed title and twenty lithographed line renderings. Folio (50 x 33.5 cm). Contemporary half red morocco and marbled boards, t.e.g. The pictorial title-spread lithographed on cream stock; the renderings are printed on gray stock. Trace of foxing to endleaves, toe of spine and edges rubbed, otherwise very good. Item #WRCLIT68157

First and evidently sole edition of this production showcasing Tronquois' works. Apart from the several plates of detail work, the full scale renderings here are of the main or out-buildings of Château de Bethmont; the Orangerie Observatoir et Sallede Bains (a Villers sur Marne); Villa à St. Greaien; Batiment de Communs à Marnes; Château de la Chaumette; Chateau de Bethmont, and a pigeon house at St. Arnoult. The format suggests this production may have been undertaken as a promotional for Tronquois' services. Stepping across the channel, he was commissioned to design the Chateau Impney in Droitwich, for which he completed plans in 1869, and this production could conceivably have some relationship to lobbying for that commission. Little information about Tronquois seems to be accessible, except for his identification with specific buildings. A scarce work: OCLC/Worldcat locates three copies in France, a copy at Columbia, and a copy at the V&A; a sixth copy is noted under a separate entry at ETH-Bibliothek Zurich and is curiously assigned a Baudry imprint, but other details are sketchy. OCLC: 39252547.

Price: $4,500.00