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    Sale 5315

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Modern First Editions

    13 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 75

    [MENESTRIER, Claude-François (1631-1705)]. Traité des tournois, ioustes, carrousels, et autres spectacles publics. Lyon: Jacques Muguet, 1669. 4° (243 x 183mm). Large printer's device on title, 22 engravings of tournaments and festivities, some repeated, engraved historiated initials (lower corner [par]4 repaired with loss of a few letters on verso, 2 small holes in A4 closed, final leaf with repair on verso, some light browning, spotted, ?bookplate partly torn away from verso of title). Contemporary boards, morocco lettering-piece (extremities a little rubbed), modern slipcase.

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    [MENESTRIER, Claude-François (1631-1705)]. Traité des tournois, ioustes, carrousels, et autres spectacles publics. Lyon: Jacques Muguet, 1669. 4° (243 x 183mm). Large printer's device on title, 22 engravings of tournaments and festivities, some repeated, engraved historiated initials (lower corner [par]4 repaired with loss of a few letters on verso, 2 small holes in A4 closed, final leaf with repair on verso, some light browning, spotted, ?bookplate partly torn away from verso of title). Contemporary boards, morocco lettering-piece (extremities a little rubbed), modern slipcase.

    FIRST EDITION, CONTAINING BOTH THE FIRST AND SECOND STATE OF C2-C3, of this early work on the staging of public festivals. Menestrier was responsible for arranging some of the most dramatic of these during the reign of Louis XIV, most notably on his visit to Lyon in 1658.
    There are two states of the first edition: one without an engraved headpiece and initial on p.21 and another where leaves C2-C3 (pp.19-22) have been cancelled and replaced with a new setting containing an abridged text and an engraved headpiece and initial on p.21. This copy contains both states of C2-C3, suggesting that the binder inserted the second state of C2-C3 following 2[par]1 but then forgot to excise the first state of C2-C3, which are still preserved in their correct position following C1. French Emblem Books II, 424.


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