Beylié, L. de - L’habitation Byzantine

Beylié, L. de - L’habitation Byzantine

1902 Paris

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L’habitation Byzantine . Recherches sur l’architecture civile des Byzantines et son influence en Europe (with) L’Habitation Byzantine. Les anciennes mansions de Constantinople.
Grenoble, Falque & F.Perrin (and Paris, Ernest Leroux) 1902, 1903.
Large 4to. 2 items in 1. xv + (1) + 218 + (2)pp, (80) plates (mostly photo, 2 double-page), also hundreds of text ills ; x + 26 + (2)pp, 11 photo plates, text ills. Contemporary quarter black morocco, marbled boards, top edge gilt. The volume also contains a tipped-in 4-page ALS from General de Beylié to an unidentified but evidently scholarly correspondent, written in ink in French on General de Beylié’s official notepaper as Commandant of the French Army’s 3rd Brigade in Indo-China. A good copy.
An impressive volume devoted to the evidence for grander domestic architecture in the territories ruled by the Byzantine Empire or influenced by Byzantine culture. The illustrations are taken from buildings in Constantinople, Mistra, Ravenna, Venice and elsewhere. Of particular interest is the supplement issued in 1903 (bound here together with the original publication), which describes and illustrates some of the notable surviving private houses of the late mediaeval and early modern periods in the Phanar and Galata districts of present-day Istanbul. The author, General Léon Marie Eugène de Beylie (1849-1910), was one of the heroic figures of French archaeology in the first decade of the twentieth century, doubling a successful career as a serving army officer in French colonial territories with pioneer excavations in Algeria and the Near East. In 1909 he commenced the restoration of the famous ruins of Angkor Wat, which he was one of the earliest to investigate (he refers to a visit to the site in the autograph letter which accompanies the present copy of this book), but on his return down the Mekong River from an official visit to the King of Laos in July 1910 his ship was wrecked on rapids, and he himself was drowned. Copies of the book together with its supplement are scarce today outside older libraries.
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