Small (ii), 52 pp. volume on the "rammed earth" construction system devised by architectural pioneer Cointeraux, including information on the history of the technique and tools needed, illustrated by 10 full-page engraved plates depicting tools and architectural diagrams. Some very minor scattered foxing and soiling. 8vo. Original hand-sewn paper-covered boards, some ink inscriptions to front cover, some slight soiling and rubbing. Paris (Cointeraux) 1790.
François Cointeraux was a French architect, builder, mason, and inventor who worked as a construction contractor and then surveyor primarily in the city of Lyon. He created several "écoles d'architecture rurale" and wrote extensively on the constructive system of "pisé", a type of modern earthen construction similar to adobe. At the time, this type of construction was confined to southeastern France, but Cointeraux's works were quickly translated into multiple languages, helping to disseminate his techniques in England, America, Germany, and Russia. He was recognized by the Royal Agricultural Society of Paris in 1789 for his contributions to industrial and rural architecture. This work is the first in a series of perhaps four sequential works published by Cointeraux under the "École d'Architecture Rurale" heading; scarce institutionally. Book ID: 48918