BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE
by Henri Sauval, who was born in Paris and died there (1623-1676), was
not published until 1724 by Claude-Bernard Rousseau, who had worked
with Sauval on this book and had a manuscript of it. Apparently Rousseau
modified only its style, corrected a few erroneous dates and eliminated
the “Chronique scandaleuse de Paris ou histoire des mauvais lieux”.
The aforementioned chronicle was filled with Sauval’s personal
experience. He had been the lover of two high-class prostitutes who
were well-known in “precious” society. Sauval was part of
that society and had adopted its turgid style. He is mentioned under
the name of Sidroaste in the Grand Dictionnaire des Précieuses
by Somaize (1660). As for the style, it earned him two lines by
Boileau: “Faut-il d’un sot parfait montrer l’original/Ma
plume au bout du vers d’abord trouve Sofal” (satire VII).
Jean-Marie Pérouse de Montclos (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris) – 2007
Another copy to be consulted on the Kyoto Universitary Library : http://edb.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp/exhibit/f25/image/1/f25s0001.html
J.-P. Babelon, Demeures parisiennes sous Henri IV et Louis XIII, Paris, Hazan, 1991.
M. Fleury, "Notice sur la vie et l’oeuvre de Sauval", H.
Sauval, Histoire et Recherches des Antiquités de la ville
de Paris, facsimile edition, Paris/Geneva, Éditions du
Palais Royal/Minkoff, 1974, vol. 1.