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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



Variant Title

Algérie - Le Monastère Byzantin De Tébessa


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.


[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.


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'.


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


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