PONCET DE LA GRAVE, Guillaume (1725-1803). Calligraphic manuscript: “Précis historique de la Marine Royale de France, depuis le commencement de la monarchie jusques a nos jours. Par M. Poncet de la Grave, procureur general de la Admirauté de France.” Paris, 1776.
8° (167 x 108 mm). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER. Calligraphic manuscript on paper, in imitation of a printed book. , v, , 394, xxii,  pages. Signed at end of the Dedication to the King, “Poncet delagrave.” All leaves ruled in brown and red inks, one full-page portrait and one half-page medallion portrait, several elaborate headpieces, tailpieces, initials and ornaments. Slip tipped in after page 206 bearing text and a landscape vignette. Original green morocco, gilt-stamped arms of Louis XVI on covers, red morocco doublures with gilt-stamped arms of Marie-Antoinette, flat spine decorated all over with gilt-stamped anchor ornaments, red morocco lettering piece, gilt-filetted board edges, pink watered silk linings, all edges gilt; green morocco pull-off case. Provenance: King Louis XVI (1754-1793, dedication, binding) and Marie Antoinette (1755-1793, binding).
A SUPERB PRESENTATION MANUSCRIPT, bound for and with manuscript dedication to King Louis XVI. The text is the same as that published in Précis historique de la Marine Royale de France, depuis l’origine de la monarchie jusqu’au Roi régnant (Paris, Eugene Onfroy, ). The published edition is in two volumes and is unillustrated, and includes a different dedication (to Monseigneur de Sartine, Ministre et Secrétaire d’État au Département de la Marine) and preface, and with an index at the end of each volume.
This beautiful manuscript, specially prepared for presentation to the king, was presumably written and decorated by the eminent Eighteenth Century French calligrapher J. Foyt. Foyt prepared another manuscript for the dedicatee, De Sartine, which was similarly produced in imitation of a printed book. That copy was bound in red morocco by Derome, and was later in the Nicolas Yemeniz and Cortland Bishop collections.