(lii), 186 pp. architectural treatise on the three Greek orders and other basic architectural and construction details such as windows and doors couched in a self-promotional work intended to present Antoine as an original architectural theorist, illustrating his treatise with the designs of his own projects, including the façade of the Abbey of St. Vincent, the Place Royale in Metz, and the castle in Wittlich, index of ancient and modern architects. Illustrated with 40 woodcut illustrations, over 30 of them full-page, and including 5 folding plates, illustrations include schematic diagrams, façades, architectural details, and a map of the Palais de Toul. Some minor damp-staining. 4to. Period calf, worn gilt tooling to spine, abrasions and scuffing, some leather loss along edges, wear to spine, small losses to back cover. Treves, France (Imprimerie Electorale de Son Altesse Sérénissime) 1768.
Little is known about Jean Antoine. On the title page of this work, he identifies himself as the Chief Architect and Surveyor of the city of Metz. In the 1750s, he worked on the abbey of St. Vincent there after it had been damaged by a lightning storm, building two new Gothic bays and a façade which incorporated elements of the three Greek orders. His design for a new Place Royale in Metz was subsequently rejected; however he did manage to secure the contract for the Philippsfreude hunting lodge built for the Palatine Elector Johann Philipp von Walderdorff in Wittlich, which was destroyed during the French Revolution. The remains of the ruins were sold off under Napoleon. Scarce institutionally. Book ID: 48917