Lot 215: Nativelle (Pierre) - Nouveau Traite D'Architecture,
27 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 2 vol., engraved title vignettes, large head-piece, 124 engraved plates (? only, of 125), 4 folding or double-page (one with 2 flaps, one of which loose), one or two becoming loose at joins, unrelated engraved portrait of Sophie Arnould after J.B. Greuze loosely inserted, stained and marked, bookplates of John, Earl of Bute on versos of title, and of Luton Library on paste-downs, contemporary calf backed boards, with calf borders crudely added to covers, worn and marked, ends of spines defective, paste-down lifting, folio, Paris, G. Dupuis , 1729. Scarce work based on Vignolle, Palladio, Philibert de Lorme and Scamozzi. The title calls for 125 plates, though vol 1 seems to be complete with 69 plates, and vol 2 with 55. Provenance: John, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713-1792), Prime Minister 1762-1763. In 1762 he acquired the estate of Luton (also known as Luton Hoo) in Bedfordshire and commisioned a magnificent house, designed by Robert Adam, and park, by Capability Brown. It remained in the possession of the earls and then marquesses of Bute until 1848, though the house was largely destroyed by fire in 1843.