Lot 336: Greece.- Le Roy (Julien David) Les Ruines des plus beaux Monuments de la Grece, 2 parts in 1, 60 eng. plates, Paris, 1758.
November 16, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Greece.- Le Roy (Julien David) Les Ruines des plus beaux Monuments de la Grece, 2 parts in 1, first edition, 60 engraved plates and plans, title a little soiled and with small stain, some other light marginal soiling, Part 2 with water-staining to some plates towards end and plate 13 frayed at upper outer corner, contemporary mottled calf, gilt, spine gilt, g.e., a little worn, spine repaired, [Berlin Kat. 1888; Blackmer 1009; Cohen-de Ricci 627; Millard, French 101], folio, Paris, Guerin, Delatour & Nyon, 1758. ⁂ Important source of information on Greek architecture for many years, preceding the first volume of Stuart and Revett's Antiquities of Athens of 1762. Although criticised by Stuart the fine plates and Le Roy's treatise "provides the theoretical framework and many of the actual models for French neo-classical architecture". (Millard)