Small folio, pp. vi, 216, , with 48 plates; numerous plans in the text; occasional very light spotting, but a good copy in the original purple printed wrappers; small white mark on upper cover, spine faded; from the library of the travel writer Robert Byron (1905–1941), with his ownership inscription in pencil on half-title.
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Monuments d’architecture byzantine.
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