Record number 04/3209
Author Mazois, François, 1783 - 1826
TitleLes Ruines De Pompéi, Par F. Mazois Architecte, Inspecteur Générale Des Batiments Civils, Chevalier De L'Ordre Royal De La Légion D'Honneur. Première Partie. (-Quatrième Partie.)
ImprintParis: Imprimerie Et Librairie De Firmin Didot, Imprimeur Du Roi, De L'Institut Et De La Marine, Rue Jacob, No 24., M DCCC XXIV. (- M DCCC XXXVIII.)
Physical Description4 vols. in two; 570 mm. (Broadsheet.)
Physical Description NoteVol. I: [2], 59, [1] p., add. engr. t.pl., 2, 38 pl. (incl. frontis, which is also an add. engr. t.pl.) (pl. 38 is dble.): illus. The RIBA copy is catalogued as having a dedication page before the Preface ('A ... La Reine Des Deux Siciles' - if this was to Napoleon's sister, Caroline, this dedication page may well have been omitted from sets of plates distributed after 1813, when she was evicted from Naples). - Vol. II: [4], 104, [2] p., 3, 55 pl.: illus. Plates 44, 48 are dble. Pl. 4 and 6 are transposed. - Vol. III: 79, [1] p., 50 [i.e. 53] pl.: illus. There are bis pl. 9, 13, 14. Plates 9 bis, 14 and 23 are dble. - Vol. IV: [iv], vi, 91, [3] p., 49 [i.e. 50] pl., fold. plan: illus. There is a bis pl. 48. Pl. 19, 45 are dble. - In some copies the plates are bound in at the end of each volume. (It is clear from the 'Avis Au Relieur' in Part 4 that most livraisons combined numbered pages of text and numbered plates, but in a quite different order from that in which they would appear in the four completed Parts.)
Content Format NoteVol. I: [Half-t.] - Echelle générale des Plans - [Pl. 1 (add. engr. t.pl.)] - [Add. engr. t.pl.] - [T.p.] - Préface - Notice Historique Sur La Ville De Pompei; Notes Pour La Carte Géographique [with pl. 1, 2 of the Notice Historique] - Observations Générales Sur Les Edifices De La Ville De Pompei - Explication Des Planches De La Premiere Partie [with pl. 2-12] - Nouvelles Découvertes; Explication Des Planches ... [with pl. 13-38] - Explication Des Vignettes Et Fleurons De La Première Partie - Table Des Planches Contenues Dans La Première Partie; Errata. - Vol. II: [Half-t., pl. 1 (add t.pl.), t.p.] - Avertissement - Essai Sur Les Habitations Des Anciens Romains; Explication Des Planches Annexées A L'Essai Sur Les Habitations ... [with pl. 1-3 of the Essai] - Explications Des Planches De La Seconde Partie [with pl. 2-55] - Explication Des Vignettes Et Fleurons - Table Des Planches Contenues Dans La Seconde Partie. - Vol. III: [Half-t., pl. 2, pl. 1(add. engr. t.pl.), t.p.] - Préface - Introduction - Explication Des Planches [with pl. 3-50] - Explication Des Fleurons Et Vignettes - Table Des Planches Contenues Dans La Troisième partie. - Vol. IV: [Half-t., pl.1, t.p.] - Notice Sur M. Mazois - Essai Sur Les Temples Anciens - Explication Des Planches ... [with pl. 2-26] - Considérations Sur La Forme Et La Distribution Des Théatres Antiques; Explication Des Planches ... [with pl. 27-48] - Dissertation Sur La Mosaique Dite D'Alexandre A Arbelles [with pl. 48 bis, 49] - [Fold. 'Plan Général De La Ville De Pompeia ... M.D.CCCXXXVII'] - Avis Au Relieur.
Summary NoteThe publication dates given on the title-pages of the four volumes are 1824, 1824, 1829 and 1838. The added engraved title-plate included in Vol. I carries the publication-date of 1812, indicating that a version of the work was issued at that time. The 1824-38 publication was in 37 livraisons (listed in the 'Avis Au Lecteur' in Part 4), which probably began to appear some time before 1824.

Title variants occur in Volumes III and IV. The title of the third volume reads, 'Les Ruines De Pompéi, Par F. Mazois ...; Et Continué Par M. Gau, Auteur Des Antiquités De La Nubie. Troisième Partie.' That of the fourth volume reads, 'Les Ruines De Pompéi, Par F. Mazois... Ouvrage Continué Par M. Gau, Architecte, Précédé D'Une Notice Sur F. Mazois, Par M. Le Cher Artaud, Membre De L'Académie Des Inscriptions Et Belles-Lettres, Et De L'Explication De La Grande Mosaique Découverte A Pompéi En 1831, Par M. Quartremère de Quincy, Secrétaire Perpétuel De L'Académie Des Inscriptions Et Belles-Lettres. - Le Texte de la Quatrième Partie a été rédigé par M. Barré, Professeur de Philosophie. Quatrième Partie.' Volume I also includes the engraved title-plate of the 1812 issue, which reads, 'Les Ruines De Pompei Dessinées Et Mesurées Par F. Mazois Pendant Les Années MDCCCIX - MDCCCX - MDCCCXI Publiées A Paris En MDCCCXII'.

The imprint of Volumes III and IV is modified to, 'Librairie De Firmin Didot Frères'.

The content of the volumes is indicated briefly by the subtitles of the added engraved title-plates of Volumes I-III: 1. Voie Tombeaux Murailles Et Portes De La Ville; 2. Habitations; 3. Portiques. Volume IV (it does not have an added title-plate) contains an account of theatres - including the Pompeian amphitheatre and the theatre at Herculaneum.

The plates show plans, elevations and sections of buildings, views, reconstructions, architectural details and some wall-paintings.

In Volumes III and IV some plates have been coloured by hand (Vol. III. pl. 21, 26, 27, 36, 37, 45, 46, 50; Vol. IV. pl. 1, 21 -23, 26, 39, 42, 48 bis).

An Italian translation of Parts I and II was published in 1825. The text of T.L. Donaldson's Pompeii, Illustrated With Picturesque Views (1827) draws heavily on Mazois's work.
Responsibility NoteThe added engraved title-plate of Vol. I is signed as drawn by F. Mazois and engraved by G.B. Cipriani. Plates 1, 2 for the Note Historique of Vol. I are signed as drawn by F. Mazois and engraved by P. Ruga. Plates 1-3 for the Essai of Vol. II are signed as drawn by Mazois and engraved by Cipriani. All other numbered plates in Vols. I-III are signed as drawn by F. Mazois (apart from Vol. II. pl. 27 signed as drawn by Giroust and pl. 43 signed as drawn by Giroust and Dupré; Vol. III. pl. 13 bis, 16, 21, 34, 37, signed as drawn by GN (or GV?), pl. 42-44, 46, signed as drawn by Kubly, pl. 47-50 signed as drawn by Labrouste jeune, and pl. 36, 39, 40, 45, unsigned by a draughtsman; Vol. IV several pl. signed as drawn by GN (or GV?), Gau, Giroux, Durand or C. Frommel), and as engraved by G.B. Cipriani, P. Parboni, P. Ruga, G. Balzar, C. Frommel, Ang. Testa, V. Feoli, Landon, Adam, Dormier, G. Aquaroni, Révil(l)e, Thiery, Lesnier, Bigand, Bishop, Nyon jne., Baltard, Duvau, Sellier, A. Simonet, Thomas Boys, G. Hamilton, Butavand, Normand, E. Ollivier, Millet, Fincke, Arnout or Lemaitre. The plate by Arnout (IV: 42) is signed as lithographed by him.

One of the hand-coloured plates (III: 46) is signed 'Groubenthal pinx.'

The folding plan of Pompeii in Vol. IV is signed as engraved by H. Roux and printed by the lithographers Thierry Frères.

Most in-text illustrations are also signed - as drawn by F. Mazois, Dien, L. Dupré, G. Camilli or GN, and as engraved by P. Ruga, Dien, F. Mazois, G.B. Cipriani, G. Balzar, Ferretti, P. Parboni, A. Testa, Feoli, Thomas Boys or Bigant.
SubjectAntiquities, Roman - Architecture, Roman - Architecture details - Ruins - Paintings, Roman - Mural painting and decoration, Roman - Temples - Theatres - Public buildings - Houses - Italy - Campania - Naples - Pompeii (Extinct city) - History - 1st century
Plans - Elevations - Sections - Views - Art history - France - 19th century
Pictorial works - Hand coloring - France - 19th century
Name as Subject Mazois, François, 1783 - 1826
ReferencesL. Garcia y Garcia, Nova bibliotheca pompeiana (2 v., 1998); RIBA, Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 2092, p.1113-5; F. Furcheim, Bibliografia di Pompei, Ercolano e Stabia (2nd. ed. 1891), p.58-9 [a revised, enl. ed. was pub. 1972].

On the Pompeiian Revival style see S. Panitz, ed., Pompeii as source and inspiration [exhibition catalogue] (1977). General studies include Bibliothèque Nationale, La résurrection de Pompei: dessins d'archéologues des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles [exhibition catalogue] (2000); Rediscovering Pompeii, ed. B. Conticello (1990); Pompei: travaux et envois des architectes français au XIXe siècle [exhibition catalogue] (1981).

On the impact of the publication of the excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum see the bibliographic note on Le Pitture Antiche D'Ercolano E Contorni (1758-79).
Binding Note19th-century half red morocco, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spines lettered 'Les Ruines De Pompéi Mazois I-II (III-IV)', 'R.A.' and 'Paris 1824-38'.
ProvenancePurchased for RA Library in 1878 (see RA Annual Report for 1878, p. 46).
Contributors Gau, Franz Christian, 1790 - 1853
Artaud de Montor, Jean-Alexis-François, 1772 - 1849, Notice sur F. Mazois
Quatremère de Quincy, Antoine-Chrysostome, 1755 - 1849, Explication de la grande mosaique découverte à Pompéi en 1831
Barré, Louis, 1799 - 1857
Didot, Firmin, 1764 - 1836, printer, bookseller
Mazois, François, 1783 - 1826, draughtsman
Firmin Didot Frères (Paris). bookseller
Thierry Frères. lithographic printer
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