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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 303

    MARMONTEL, Jean-François (1723-1799), editor. Chefs-d'oeuvre dramatiques, ou Recueil des meillures pièces du théâtre françois. Paris: Grangé, 1773.

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    MARMONTEL, Jean-François (1723-1799), editor. Chefs-d'oeuvre dramatiques, ou Recueil des meillures pièces du théâtre françois. Paris: Grangé, 1773.

    4° (286 x 217mm). 3 engraved plates, 15 vignettes and 10 culs-de-lampe after Eisen by N. de Launay, R. de Launay le Jeune, Helman, Masquelier, Née and Ponce. (Marginal soiling, occasional spots and stains to text leaves, marginal spotting to first plate.) Contemporary red morocco by Derome, covers with arms of George III enclosed by a wide dentelle border, a heraldic lion and fleur-de-lis at opposing corners, gilt panelled spine tooled with a lion rampant, fleur-de-lis, and harp, gilt turn-ins, blue silk liners, gilt edges (slight cracks at head and foot of spine). Provenance: George III (binding) -- Rouquette (Cohen/de Ricci) -- A.S.W. Rosenbach ('private library', pencil attribution).

    FINELY-BOUND BY DEROME FOR GEORGE III. This exceptional binding is recorded by Cohen/de Ricci who state: 'M. Rouquette père a possédé un exemplaire en maroquin rouge de Derôme, aux armes de Georges III'. Marmontel dedicated the volume to Madame la Dauphine, contributing two 'discours'. The three plays, Sophonisbe by Ryer, Scévole by Mairet and Venceslas by Rotrou, were each illustrated with one plate, 5 vignettes, and either 3 or 4 culs-de-lampe 'de la plus grand beauté' after Eisen. No further volumes appeared. Cohen/de Ricci 689; Quérard V, 551.


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