Auction 358 Architecture

ALPHAND, J.-Ch.A. Les promenades de Paris: histoire, descriptions des embelissements, dépenses de création et d'entretien, des Bois de Boulogne et de Vincennes, Champs-Elysées, parcs, squares, boulevards, places plantées, étude sur l'art des jardins et arboretum. Paris, J. Rothschild (back of title-page of text volume: armorial device of the book's printer, Jules Claye), 1867-1873. 2 vols. lix, 246, (1), cvi, (7) pp. W. 485 wood-engr., 77 engr. plates (views and plans, including the frontispiece or illustrated title-plate and the double-page plans of Paris and of the Bois de Boulogne) and 23 chromolithogr., including the 22 botanical plates showing flowers and other plants. Lge-fol. Or. green h. mor., sides and spines richly gilt dec., t.e.g. (Binds. a bit chafed, some minor foxing throughout, but a very good set).

Jean-Charles Alphonse Alphand (1817-1891) was a French engineer hired by Baron Haussmann (1809-1891) as chief engineer for the massive urban renewal program of boulevards, parks and public works known as Haussmann’s renovation of Paris. The present spectacular work is a beautifully executed witness to and catalogue of Alphand’s influential and important designs and efforts for the green spaces in urban Paris. It is noted for its beautiful large plates of garden lay-outs, architectural designs, all with lots of detail, including the 22 chromolithographs of plants and flowers. - Vicaire I, 38-9. NB Shipping these stout volumes requires extra costs.

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