12 June 2009
AVIGNON 1701 -- BONTOUS, Jacques Joseph. L'Auguste pieté de la royale maison de Bourbon sujet de l'appareil fait à Avignon pour la reception de Monseigneur le Duc de Bourgogne et de Monseigneur le Duc de Berry. Avignon: François Sebastien Offray, 1701.
2o (316 x 216 mm). Engraved frontispiece, 7 engraved plates (one folding) (of 8?), and 7 engraved vignette headpieces by LOUIS DAVID and P.D. BASSINET-DAUGARD after PIERRE PERRU and JEAN COTELLE (some occasional minor spotting). (A few leaves with minor marginal repairs.) Modern calf, spine gilt (covers scuffed).
The entrance into Avignon in 1701 of LOUIS of France (1682-1712), Duke of Burgundy, and CHARLES (1686-1714), Duke of Berry. Cotelle and Perru designed the seven monuments constructed along the processional route, each one elaborately decorated with ornaments, emblems, inscriptions, and medals. Three triumphal arches, and an equestrian statue were also erected to welcome the two dukes to the provincial French town. While this copy includes the additional engraved portrait of Pope Clement XI, it appears to be lacking the engraved plate of the jewels presented to the Dukes found in some copies. Berlin Kat. 3008; Ruggieri 534; Vinet 513 (calling for frontispiece and 6 plates); Watanabe 1990.
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