EIFFEL, Gustave (1832-1923). La Tour de trois cents mètres. Paris: Société des imprimeries Lemercier, 1900.
2 volumes, 2 o (542 x 375 mm). Text with portrait of Eiffel and illustrations in text. Atlas with 53 double-page lithographed plates, most in color, 13 photographic plates and one colored map of the environs of Paris. (Some pale dampstaining to frontispiece and first few leaves in vol. 1). Original green half morocco (some minor rubbing).
LIMITED EDITION, number 484 of 500 copies of the FIRST EDITION of the first complete monograph on a modern building. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY EIFFEL on the half-title: "Hommage G. Eiffel." It has served as the standard for all subsequent studies on the architecture of 19th-century metal structures. The Eiffel Tower was the marvel of the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle. The present publication coincides with the 1900 exposition, again held in Paris. In 1900, the Eiffel Tower was still the tallest structure in the world. Complete sets are VERY RARE: only two are recorded in American Book Prices Current in the last thirty years: Christies Paris, 25 June 2004 (EU 13,500) and Sotheby's London, 7 December 1993 (£3,200). En français dans le texte 326. (2)