Montbrison: Imprimerie Éleuthère Brassart, 1891. First edition. Hardcover. 307/470. 20 copies were printed to deluxe paper. Elephant Folio. 23pp. 117 plates in heliogravure. Original brown half cloth over string-tied illustrated tan paper-covered boards portfolio with brown and black lettering on cover. Title page with publisher's device. Decorative head and endpieces; decorative initials.
Monograph of the chapel of Saint-Thomas D'Aquin in Oullins (Rhone / 46 heliogravure), including paintings, sculptures, and interior decoration by P. Borel, C. Dufrayne, J. Razuret. Altogether the portfolio contains four hundred and fifty architectural motifs, on seventy nine plates, reproduced in heliogravure, including churches in Couzon, Bully, Nandax, Regny, Lyon, Neulise, Régny, Thizy, N. D. de la Roche, Ars-sur-Formans, Coublevie, N. D. des Dombes, La Louvesc, Marseille, Fourviere, and Valence. Includes some designs for tombs and the final five plates contain decorative details (Croquis) relating to ecclesiastical architecture as well as holy objects used in mass.
Pierre Bossan (1814 Lyon – 1888 La Ciotat) was a French architect, a pupil of Henri Labrouste, specializing in ecclesiastical architecture. Appointed to the diocese of Lyon his major project there was the basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere, overlooking Lyon. Other designs of his were Lyon's Eglise Saint-Georges, churches at Régny, Neulise and Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or, as well as the pilgrimage basilica of La Louvesc. Text in French. Portfolio boards lightly rubbed with some scuffing affecting the illustrations at the bottom, string-ties cut off. Inside of portfolio paper cracked at joint of spine. Half-title browned. Some of the plates wavy, all of them with light wear along edges, not affecting images. Very good condition. Item #47437