5 December 2008
MAROT, Jean (ca 1619?-1679). Le magnifique Chasteau de Richelieu, en general et en particulier, ou les plans, les elevations, et profils generaux et particuliers dudit chasteau. Paris, n.d. [ca 1660].
Oblong 2o (238 x 337 mm). Double-page printed title, dedication and preface, 20 engraved illustrations on 19 double-page plates (some light mostly marginal staining, 3 plates trimmed). Contemporary vellum gilt, flat spine in six compartments (lacks ties, some staining to sides).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. "The chateau was begun by the Duc de Richelieu under the direction of the architect Jacques Le Mercier in 1631 ... Richelieu extended his plans to include a church and a village ... Today the chateau is gone, but the village remains as one of the most consistent examples of town planning on a small scale" (Millard). This copy corresponds to all points described as issue "A" by Fowler. Brunet III:1465; Fowler 192; Millard French 115.
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