4 June 2008
HORAE -- SENAULT, Louis (fl. 1669-81), engraver. Heures nouvelles tirées de la Sainte Ecriture. Paris: L. Senault and Claude de Hansy [c.1690s].
8° (192 x 122mm). Engraved throughout, head- and tailpieces, vignettes, and flourishes, engraved portrait frontispiece of St. Theresa and 4 engraved portraits, these with the frame finished in gilt. (Occasional very light spotting.) 18th-century morocco, sides gilt with wide floral border and centred by a pomegranate within a gilt arabesque with red morocco onlay, spine gilt in compartments two of these with red morocco onlays with pomegranate, green silk doublures and gilt inner dentelles, gilt edges (small, expert repairs at the spine head and extremities, small depression on the upper side). Provenance: Emm. Martin (sold, Maurice Delestre at Hotel Drouot, February 1877; press clipping pasted in).
An excellent copy, in a handsome binding, of this engraved devotional work designed for Dauphine Marie-Christine of Bavaria (1660-1690), daughter-in-law of Louis XIV. Various issues are know: in this copy gathering I is a two leaf cancel with a prayer to Louis XIV addressing him as 'Louis le Grand', and e3 is the later state with flowers covering the breasts of the figures in the headpiece vignette. Brunet III, 148.
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