Part A, Vols 1 and 2 Foliate capitals 1170 to 1250.
Over 9,000 photos of the capitals with an analysis. The capitals of this period are more natural in style than those that went before, and follow Viollet-le-Duc's observation that the mode of carving gradually evolved from spring to summer. This is confirmed in those buildings for which we have documentary dates, which may then be used to establish a chronology for other works from these times.
Part B, Vol 3 Archaic capitals 1070 to 1130
This exiting and unique collection will be available in February 2006.
The only time all these archaic capitals have been published with photographs of the buildings themselvs.
It also offers a COMPREHENSIVE CHRONOLOGY for the pre-1130s
Part B, Vols 4 and 5 Formal capitals 1130 to 1180.
Over 13,000 photos, being about half of the capitals carved during these years. They are formal-abstract in style. The analysis of the foliate carving, including the capitals on the great portals, helps to identify individual carvers through their way of working, from which the key buildings may be dated and through this a consistent chronology established for the period.
Part C, Volume 6 The evolution of the rib vault in Europe.
In over 550 building campaigns throughout Europe rib vaulting was developed and construction techniques evolved that culminated in the great vaulted spaces of medieval times.
Part D, Volume 7 The inventions that created Gothic.
The documents, foliate styles and techniques in vaulting compiled in the earlier volumes show when and where most of the key inventions appeared, how they evolved and changed, and the manner in which they were integrated into the new style. Includes and economic analysis of the building industry.
Part E, Volumes 8 and 9 Corpus of early Gothic churches.
Includes the plans, capitals, profiles and elements not in earlier volumes, with the construction sequences of all the 650 more significant buildings in the Paris basin, with drawings, locations and maps.