12 June 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 7,500
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
REIMS 1722 -- Le Sacre de Louis XV, Roy de France & de Navarre, dans l'Eglise de Reims, Le Dimanche XXV Octobre MDCCXXII. [Paris, 1722?].
2o (645 x 467 mm). Text printed on rectos only. Engraved throughout, preliminaries and accompanying descriptions of plates each within elaborate border, engraved title-page, 9 double-page plates on guards, 30 single-page costume plates, double-page table of contents, single-page list of "noms des peintres et graveurs," and 9 headpiece vignettes of allegorical figures by CHARLES NICHOLAS COCHIN THE YOUNGER, LOUIS DESPLACES, ENNEMOND PETITOT, et al. after PIERRE DULIN and PIERRE JOSSE PERROT (a few minor marginal repairs). Contemporary calf gilt, covers with an outer roll of fleurs-de-lys and the Louis XV crowned cipher at each corner, central arms of Louis XV on both covers, spine in eight compartments, morocco label in the second, the rest with smaller crowned Louis XV cipher (rebacked preserving original spine).
This monumental work depicts the ceremonial events that occurred upon the coronation of LOUIS XV (1710-1774) at the Cathedral in Reims in 1722. The accompanying descriptive text was written by ANTOINE DANCHET and revised by JEAN-PAUL BIGNON and CLAUDE GROS DE BOZE. The plates illustrate various scenes from the coronation including the procession to the church, the King prostrate before the altar, the crowning of the King, the celebratory festival held after the coronation, and the costume plates show the attire worn by Louis XV and some of the notable figures in attendance. Berlin 3009; Brunet V, 19; Cohen-de-Ricci 917; Vinet 525; Watanabe 2018.
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