BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE
is addressed to King Louis XIII. The frontispiece presents a portrait
of Alexandre Francine by Abraham Bosse. The work consists of forty plates,
numbered in Roman numerals, engraved by Melchior Tavernier, engraver
and printer to the king. In 1640 the work was reissued without change.
It came out in an English edition, no doubt rare (London, 1669), for Francine’s
biographers were unaware of it. The engraving of
the English edition was reversed in comparison with the French edition;
the coats of arms of France and Navarre were deleted, which were minor
Jean-Marie Pérouse de Montclos (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris) – 2007
J. Lothe, “Les livres illustrés par Abraham Bosse”, S. Join-Lambert & M. Préaud (ed.), Abraham Bosse savant graveur, Tours, vers 1604-1676, Paris, Paris/Tours, Bibliothèque nationale de France/Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours, 2004, p. 41.
Y. Pauwels, “Francine, Collot, Barbet : recueils de modèles ou exercices de style ?”, J.-P. Garric, É. d'Orgeix & E. Thibault (ed.), Le livre et l’architecte, Wavre, Mardaga, 2011, pp. 167-171.
A. Rostaing, “Francine”, SAUR - Allgemeines Kunstler Lexikon, 2004.