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Le Monastère Byzantin De Tébessa Par Albert Ballu Architecte En Chef Des Monuments Historiques De L'Algérie

Albert Ballu

RA Collection: Book

Record number

07/3533

Author

Variant Title

Algérie - Le Monastère Byzantin De Tébessa

Imprint

Paris: Ernest Leroux, Éditeur 28, Rue Bonaparte, 28 -, 1897

Physical Description

vi, 38, [2] p., 14 (i.e. 15) dble. pl.: 27 illus.; 464 mm. (Folio.)

General Note

Plate 14 is printed on two sheets. Most plates carry two or more images.

Contents

[Half-t., t.p.] - Introduction - [Text] - Table Des Gravures Et Des Planches Contenues Dans Cet Ouvrage - Notices Et Articles Publiés Sur Tébessa (Théveste) - Table Des Matières Texte [i.e. index]; [colophon] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Some images on the phototype plates are signed 'A. Ballu' within the print. Almost all the phototypes are signed 'Phototypie Berthaud - Paris'. The three chromolithographs (6-8) are signed 'Imp. Monrocq, A Paris'; and these carry also the imprint of the publisher, Ernest Leroux. Several in-text illustrations are signed 'A. Ballu'. The text printer is named on the half-title verso and in the colophon: 'Angers, Imprimerie De A. Burdin, 4, Rue Garnier'.

Summary Note

The half-title reads, 'Algérie - Le Monastère Byzantin De Tébessa'. The work is an account of one of most impressive examples of early Christian architecture in Algeria - a complex of buildings made ca. 400 A.D. to the north of the Roman garrison-town of Thevestis (Tebessa). It consists of two avenues (one with a monumental arch at each end), a fountain-garden, lodgings or stables and a three-aisled, arcaded basilica-type church with semicircular apse and a triconch martyrium on the south side. The martyrium may have been dedicated to St Crispina (d. 304), and the complex probably served as a pilgrim centre. Plates 1-5, 9, 10 (phototypes) show plans, elevations, sections, details and views of the basilica complex in its actual state. Plates 6-8 (chromolithographs) show mosaics. Plates 11-14 (phototypes) show plans, elevations, sections, details and views of the basilica in conjectural restoration. The in-text illustrations (photozincotypes) show views and details of the complex.

Provenance

Purchased for the RA Library in 1898 (see 'Librarian's Report', RA Annual Report for 1898, p. 40).

Binding Note

19th-century half brown morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Monastère De Tébessa - Ballu', 'R.A.' and '1897'.

Subject

Architecture, Romanesque - Mosaics, Romanesque - Pilgrimage churches - Pilgrimage centers - Churches - Basilicas - Martyria - Monasteries - Algeria - Tebessa - History - 4th century - 5th century
Art history - Plans - Elevations - Sections - Views - France - 19th century
Pictorial works - Chromolithographs - Phototypes - Photomechanical prints - France - 19th century

Contributors

Albert Ballu, draughtsman
Ernest Leroux, publisher
Berthaud, photographic printer
A. Burdin, printer
Imprimerie Monrocq, lithographic printer