[DURANDELLE, LOUIS-ÉMILE (1839-1917)] GARNIER, CHARLES. Le Nouvel Opera de Paris ... Statues Décoratives...
Paris: Ducher, 1876. Three-quarters leather, cloth sides, a binding of the period. 24 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches (62 x 47 cm); 3 ff., (half-title, title, list of images), and 35 very fine mounted albumen prints from collodion negatives by Durandelle of the statuary of the Palais Garnier, each on a guarded mount. Binding rubbed, some foxing to preliminaries, the photographs generally with excellent tones.
Though not indicated, this is one separately-published volume of Garnier's grand work (1875-81). Because of the duration of publication, it is most commonly encountered in separate parts such as these. Durandelle was the foremost architectural photographer of the period, who extensively documented the process of the construction of the new Paris Opera, the construction of the Eiffel tower, and the historical architecture of Paris.
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