Record number 03/2780
Author La Rue, Jean Baptiste de, fl. ca. 1764?
TitleTraité De La Coupe Des Pierres, Ou Méthode Facile Et Abrégée, Pour aisément se perfectionner en cette Science. Par J.B. De La Rue, Architecte. Dédié Au Roi.
ImprintA Paris, Rue Dauphine: Chez Charles-Antoine Jombert, Libraire du Roi pour l'Artillerie & le Génie, à l'Image Notre-Dame., M. DCC. LXIV. Avec Approbation Et Privilege Du Roi.
Physical Description[18], 185, [1] p., add. engr. t.-pl., pl. 1-67, A-F [i.e. 107 pl. on 67 sheets] (31 fold.): illus.; 431 mm. (Folio).
Physical Description NoteMany of the numbered and lettered plates are printed on rectos and versos of sheets; many have bis numbers. Thirty-one are double and folding. One has flaps (pl. 33). The title-page vignette is numbered 'Pl 81'.
Content Format Note[Add. engr., t.p.] - Extrait des Registres de l'Académie Royale d'Architecture; Privilege Du Roi - Catalogue Des Livres D'Architecture Qui se trouvent chez Charles-Antoine Jombert - [Dedic.] - Preface; Avis Aux Appareilleurs Et Tailleurs De Pierre; Extrait Des Registres de l'Academie Royale d'Architecture - Table Des Parties Et Chapitres - [Text: 1. Des Portes Et Arriere-Voussures; 2. Des Maîtresses Voutes; 3. Des Trompes; 4. Des Descentes Et Aba-Jours; 5. Des Escaliers] - Petit Traité De Stereotomie, Appliqué A L'Usage De La Coupe Des Pierres - Errata; Avertissement.
Summary NoteThis work was first published in 1728, and another edition (or issue) appeared in 1738 (this latter date is retained on the added engraved title-plate of the present 1764 edition). The plates and engraved ornaments are reprinted from the first edition, with minor alterations; woodcut and typographic ornaments are not repeated. The title-page vignette is new.

It has been suggested that the plates of this book may have influenced the designs for vaults by George Dance the younger and Sir John Soane - especially the form in which a domed vault is supported by four pendentives all forming part of the same sphere.
Responsibility NoteOf the plates most are unsigned; some are signed 'A. Coquart' or 'A.C.'; pl.10 is signed as engraved by A. Coquart and Lucas and written by Delahaye. The added engraved title-plate is signed as designed by Bertin and engraved by Thomassin.

Of the in-text illustrations the title-page vignette is signed as designed by Cochin filius and engraved by F.A. Aveline; headpieces, tailpieces, decorated initials and woodcut diagram (p.3) are unsigned.

The work is dedicated by the author to the King (Louis XV).
SubjectStonecutting - Engineering - Techniques - Masonry - Dressed stone - Architecture - Vaults (structural elements) - France - History - 18th century
Manuals - Instructional materials - France - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century
ReferencesRIBA, Early printed books, 2 (1995), no. 1766.
Binding Note18th-century mottled calf, gilt-decorated spine, brown morocco spine-label lettered 'Coupe Des Pierre'.
ProvenanceAcquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.
Contributors Jombert, Charles-Antoine, 1712 - 1784, publisher
Aveline, Francois Antoine, 1727 - 1780, engraver
Louis XV, King of France, 1710 - 1774, dedicatee
Bertin, Nicolas, 1668? - 1736, draughtsman
Thomassin, Simon, 1655 - 1733, engraver
Cochin, Charles-Nicolas, le jeune, 1715 - 1790, draughtsman
Coquart, Antoine, fl. 1703?-1776?, engraver
Lucas, Claude L., 1685? - 1765, engraver
Delahaye, fl. ca. 1756 - 1764?, script engraver
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