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COINTERAUX, [FRANCOIS]. - Ecole d'Architecture Rurale, Premier Cahier, ... a batir solidement les maisons de plusieurs etages avec la terre seule ... Seconde edition. [with] Nouvelle Maniere d'Eteindre les Incendies. [with] Ecole d'Architecture Rurale. Second Cahier. [with] Traite sur la Construction de Maisons de Campagne. [with] Ecole d'Architecture Rurale, Quatrieme Cahier, dans lequel on traite du Nouveau Pise invente par l'auteur ... Troisieme Edition.

 1422585392,
Paris, the author 1791 - 1806. Five parts together, uncut in original mottled wrapper; 32pp, two frontispieces and ten plates; 20pp; 76pp, two frontispieces and two plates; 20pp, folding plate, pp77-106, folding plate; two frontispieces, [2],66pp, two folding plates. Some old tissue repairs to the spine now separated; natural paper browning of a couple of sections; a very good, fresh and original copy. Mounted inside the front cover is a long contemporary note about sections in these books and in Rondelet's Traite Theorique et Pratique (1802 &c) that included a section on bilding in pise. ¶ The make up of this is a bit confusing perhaps but this is Cointeraux's compilation - all but the first book were sold only by him - of his works on building in pise, pretty much the starting point for all modern pise literature. Book four was obviously the best seller of the bunch, needing a third edition by 1806 while he still had 1791 printings of the others. There is no book three proper, he advertised that it would cover vaults, pillars and so on, but the odd pairing of the 'Traite sur la Construction' with a continuation of the second Cahier took its place. Apparently the most implacable enemies of the self designated "only architect of the popular classes" were tradesmen and merchants who saw no future in buildings that could be thrown up with free dirt by any barely trained peasant. But outside France his books were translated and put to work in Germany, Italy, Russia, and Denmark. Henry Holland made a digest of the first two books in English in 1797 which was adapted through magazines and papers in America and Australia for decades after. The first located and, according to Cellauro and Richaud, the most extensive c19th appearance in Australia was in successive issues of the Hobart Town Gazette in May 1823 with an account of the construction of James Gordon's house using Cointeraux's method. The Sydney Gazette quickly followed up the news from Hobart, printing just about all of Holland's instructions in June 1823.
AUD 1250.00 [Appr.: EURO 817.25 US$ 998.32 | £UK 720.25 | JP¥ 110672] Book number 10391


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