LOUIS XV, King of France (1710-1774)
LOUIS XV, King of France (1710-1774)
LOUIS XV, King of France (1710-1774)
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LOUIS XV, King of France (1710-1774)

Fêtes publique données par la ville de Paris a l'occasion du Mariage de Monseigneur le Dauphin, Les 23 et 26 Fevrier MDCCXLV. [Paris: n.d., but 1745?].

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LOUIS XV, King of France (1710-1774)
Fêtes publique données par la ville de Paris a l'occasion du Mariage de Monseigneur le Dauphin, Les 23 et 26 Fevrier MDCCXLV. [Paris: n.d., but 1745?].
A beautifully coloured copy in stunning contemporary red morocco bound by Padeloup with the arms and emblems of Paris, most probably made for presentation. The celebrations depicted mark the marriage of the eldest son of Louis XV with Marie Therese of Spain at Versailles followed by a magnificent masked ball which lasted from midnight until eight o’clock the following morning. Several of the engravings in this work are particularly exceptional, especially those of the festivities. The book begins with a description of the festivals and the procession, followed by very beautiful architectural plates. They notably illustrate views of Place Dauphine, Place Louis le Grand, Place du Carrousel and the ballroom of the Hôtel de Ville. Bobins III, 931; Cohen de Ricci 392-93; Lipperheide Sg 21; Lewine pp. 185-86.

Large folio (630 x 470mm). 18 pages of text engraved within decorative borders, engraved allegoric title by Eisen after Delafosse, frontispiece engraved by Le Bas after Hutin with engraved explanatory text, 15 large plates, of which eight double page by Cochin, and 4 architectural plates, of which 2 double page, one large engraved ornament, all with fine contemporary hand-colouring (fresh and clean, with only the faintest of page-toning). Magnificent contemporary morocco by Padeloup with his label pasted on lower border of frontispiece, sides richly gilt to a panel design, outer panel filled with gilt scrolled floral tools, elaborately gilt tooled corner-pieces incorporating the ship emblem of the City of Paris, arms of the City of Paris gilt stamped at centres, spine with gilt raised bands, crowns and fleur-de-lys gilt in compartments, olive morocco title label (joints a little rubbed, lower edge of upper side with small loss of leather). Provenance: Christian Hammer (bookplate on pastedown, his name rubbed out).
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