Francine, Alexandre

Title Livre d’architecture...
Imprint Paris, M. Tavernier, 1640
Localisation Binha, Num Fol Est 114
Subject Gates
Transcribed version of the text


     The Livre d’architecture was reissued in 1640 by Melchior Tavernier.  For the occasion he engraved a new title page with his new address, still in “l’île du Palais” but at the sign of the “Sphère Royale” where he had been set up since 1638, and with a list of titles which included his new abilities : henceforth he proclaimed himself “hydrograph” and printer to the king “for geographical maps”. The dedication to the king and the text addressed “to lovers of architecture” were also rewritten and freshened with new border decorations and initials. The copy at the Binha has no explanatory leaves preceeding the plates.
The Livre d’architecture was translated into English by Robert Pricke (A New Book of Architecture..., London, 1669.)

Frédérique Lemerle Centre national de la recherche scientifique,
Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours) – 2011


Critical bibliography

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.