Garnier, Charles. Le nouvel opera de Paris.

Paris, Ducher et Cie., 1880.

Royal folio. 2 vols. in one (only the plate volumes) with 75 plates. Vol. 1: Half-title in red, main title in red and black, 1 f. index of plates, engr. portrait, 35 plates (numbered 1-40; 5 counted twice). Vol. 2: Half-title in red, main title in red and black, 1 f. index of plates, 40 plates (numbered 1-60; 20 chromolithographs counted twice). Includes: Half title of the text volume. Stored loosely in contemporary red half cloth portfolio with giltstamped cover title "Le Nouvel Opera de Paris | Bronzes" and four ties.


First edition.

Plate volumes of the rare luxury work on the "Opéra Garnier", the neo-Baroque Parisian opera house completed in 1875, one of the most admired buildings of its time. The plates depict plans, cross-sections and elevations of the building, engraved in great detail after drawings by Duchamp, Jasson, Riquois and others. The beautiful chromolithographs (including the famous staircase) convey a vivid impression of the luxury and splendor of the interior decoration. Garnier's name became instantly famous when in 1861 he was unanimously awarded the first prize for his competition design for the new opera. His opera house, which cost the then unheard-of sum of 50 million francs, still constitutes the unsurpassed centerpiece of modern Parisian architecture (cf. Thieme/B.). To the plates were added four volumes of photographs by Durandelle and Garnier's monographic text volume (not present here).

Occasionally slightly rubbed; some 10 plates with insignificant defects to edges. Old library stamp ("Malmö Stadts Yrkesskolas Bibliotek") on front pastedown.

Thieme/Becker 13, 205. Not in Ornamentstichslg. Berlin.