Paris: Éditions Vincent, Fréal & Cie. 1952, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1962. First edition. Softcover, Hardcover Vol. VI. Quarto. (10) 275 (1), (10) 243 (1), 415 (1), 439 (1), 655 (1)pp. Original illustrated white wraps with black lettering on cover and spine in original dustjackets in various colors with black and red lettering on covers and spine, protected by modern mylar. Volume VI in original tan cloth with red lettering on cover and spine. Three volumes with photographic, two with reproductions of artwork frontispieces. Volumes IV and V were never published. Courses in architectural theory for the most part taught at the National School of Fine Arts by André Gutton during his tenure at the institute from 1949–1958. Profusely illustrated with b/w photographs, architectural drawings and plans, several of them folding plans, and maps.
André Gutton was a French architect, employed as a city planner for the French government starting in 1929, responsible for civil buildings and later palaces. From 1943–1969 he was the chief architect for the Institute of France. After W.W.II he redesigned part of the city of Aleppo, Syria, and from 1950–1954 he was the chief architect for the Paris Opera. In addition to the National School of Fine Arts he taught at the Institute for Urban Planning at the University of Paris from 1944–1952. This monumental project was published with the support of the National Center for Scientific Research. Text in French. DJ of volume one with light creasing at tail of spine and back cover, rubbed at back cover. Inked name of previous owner at top of djs and front free endpapers of vols. I., II., and III A. Volume III B with owner's name inked to front free endpaper and light wear along edges of dustjacket, small chip at bottom of front cover, lightly rubbed. Wraps generally lightly rubbed. Volume VI with minor general wear. Overall in good+ to very good+ condition. g+ to vg+. Item #47462