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    Splendid Ceremonies the Paul and Marianne Gourary Collection of Illustrated Fête Books

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 251

    METZ 1744 -- Journal de ce qui s'est fait pour la reception du Roy dans sa ville de Metz, le 4. Aoust 1744. Metz: Widow of Pierre Collignon, 1744.

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    METZ 1744 -- Journal de ce qui s'est fait pour la reception du Roy dans sa ville de Metz, le 4. Aoust 1744. Metz: Widow of Pierre Collignon, 1744.

    2o (307 x 195 mm). 8 etched folding plates by F.L. MANGIN (two cropped at top, one with cellotape repair.) (Some occasional spotting, a few pale stains.) Contemporary French mottled calf, smooth spine gilt (some rubbing).

    The visit of LOUIS XV (1710-1774) to Metz in 1744 is illustrated by F.L. Mangin's fine series of etchings to record the ceremonies and elaborate decorations devised. The king, under the influence of his mistress, the Duchesse de Chateauroux, had travelled to Metz to assume personal leadership of his army in the wars of the Austrian succession. He was given a brilliant reception on August 4th. The festivities continued until the 8th when the King fell suddenly ill. He was given extreme unction and at the insistence of Duke Fritz-James, Bishop of Soissons, the Duchesse de Chateauroux was banished from court. When the King's health improved, Fitz-James obliged Louis to make a full, public confession of his sins. Once in good health, Louis XV banished Fitz-James and all other courtiers who had urged his piety, recalled his mistress, and proceeded to Strassburg. Included in the text are detailed lists of those present for each of the ceremonies and a number of signed verses written to wish the king a speedy recovery. Praz, P.563; Ruggieri 573; Vinet 521; Watanabe 2084.


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