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Des Principes De L'Architecture, De La Sculpture, De La Peinture, Et Des Autres Arts Qui En Dépendent. Avec Un Dictionnaire des Termes propres à chacun de ces Arts. Par M. Felibien, Secretaire de l'Academie des Sciences, & Historiographe des Batimens du Roy. Troisième Edition.

André Félibien sieur des Avaux et de Javercy

RA Collection: Book

Record number




A Paris,: Chez la Veuve & Jean Baptiste Coignard, fils., M. DC. XCVII. Avec Privilege De Sa Majesté.

Physical Description

[22], 542 p., frontis.: 63 full-page illus.; 235 mm. (Quarto).


[Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Table Des Chapitres - [Text with illus.] - Dictionnaire Des Termes ... .

Responsibility Note

Frontispiece and illustrations are unsigned. The title-page vignette is signed as made by A. Schombeek.

The work is dedicated by the author to Jule Armand Colbert.


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard, I (1993), no. 70, p.183-4.

Summary Note

This handbook was first published in 1676, and in a second edition in 1690.

The text is arranged in three books: 1. De L'Architecture (p.1-219); 2. De La Sculpture (p.220-285); 3. De La Peinture (p.286-329). These are followed by a 'Dictionnaire Des Termes'. Félibien's intention was to make the crafts associated with these arts intelligible to the layman. The Dictionnaire reflects Félibien's specialisation in architecture, and concentrates on defining objects, such as artists' and architects' tools, rather than concepts. Felibien also states that his dictionary was intended to make contemporary practice understandable to future researchers.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century calf, rebacked in 1992; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Felibien Des Principes De L'Architecture'.


Architecture - Sculpture - Painting - Architecture, European - Sculpture, European - Painting, European - Tools - Theory - Technology - History - France
Manuals - Encyclopedias and dictionaries - Reference books - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - France - 17th century