Paris: Comite des Monuments Francais. Very Good-. 1890. First Edition. Hardcover. Four quarto volumes bound in half brown leather over marbled boards with five raised bands at spine with gilt lettering. Printed bookplate on ffeps, remains of pockets on rear endpapers, otherwise contents clean and tight. Chipped at the top of volume 4, still an attractive set. These are the first four annual volumes of this prestigious journal of French public art and architectural history Charles Normand was born into a long line of architects, including his father Alfred Normand (1822-1909). Normand studied in Paris at the School of Fine Arts in the architecture department from 1877 to 1883. After graduating in 1884 he founded the Society of Friends of the Paris Monuments, the first local association of historical preservation in Paris, and later the Committee of Friends of French Monuments. In 1887 Normand began editing and publishing their journal L'Ami des Monuments which continued annually until 1913. Normand made significant contributions to the history of art on at least three fronts: he encouraged historical and artistic scholarship through his writing and publications; he stimulated interest in ancient architecture through his extensive travels and archeological research; and he was especially influential in the preservation of art and architecture throughout France, but particularly in Paris. A heavy set which requires substantial additional shipping charge for international or priority orders. . (Inventory #: 39493)
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