PARIS 1549 -- [CHAUVEAU, Hardouyn (fl. mid-16th century), attributed to.] C'est l'ordre qui a este tenu a la novvelle et ioyevse entrée, que treshault, tresexcellent, & trespuissant Prince, le Roy treschrestien Henry deuzieme de ce nom, à faicte en sa bonne ville & cité de Paris. Paris: Jacques Roffet for Jean Dallier, .
4o (244 x 173 mm), 2 parts in one volume. 38 numbered leaves (quired in fours, final quire of six) and 2 inserted plates (between fols. 12 and 13, 28 and 29), containing 11 woodcuts (all full-page, two folded: fol. 11 and the first plate) designed by JEAN GOUJON. Roffet's printer's device on title, woodcut criblé and floral initial L (repeated). Blue morocco gilt, triple fillets on sides, double in compartments of spine, floral rolls on turn-ins, gilt edges, bound by Francisque Cuzin for Thévenin, (front cover somewhat discolored). Provenance: Marcel Thévenin (1903 Paris sale, lot 20); René Descamps-Scrive (1925 Paris sale, lot 20); Librairie Thomas-Scheler (sold to Gourary 1954).
One of two issues by Dallier of the FIRST EDITION (Roffet also reserved two issues under his own imprint). This beautifully designed French Renaissance book is the official descriptive and pictorial record of King HENRI II's (1515-1559) entry into Paris on 16th June 1549 (first part) and Queen CATHERINE DE MEDICIS' (1519-1589) entry two days later (second part). Jean Goujon's woodcuts illustrate the triumphal arches and other architectural structures, the decoration of Notre-Dame Bridge, the Ponceau Fountain, and a highly ornate warrior, the leather cover of whose mount shows decoration foreshadowing fanfare bookbindings. The cut of an obelisk carried by a rhinoceros folds out at the top of fol. c3r and is integral, its extension forming fol. c4 and not a pasted-on slip (as in the Harvard and both Schäfer copies). The artists JEAN COUSIN, JEAN MARTIN AND PHILIBERT DE L'ORME contributed to the decoration for the entries, while some elements were repeated from BERNARD SOLOMON's conceptions for Henri's earlier entry into Lyon.
FINE COMPLETE COPY, from two distinguished collections. Ruggieri 245: "Le plus beau livre d'entrée des rois de France qui ait été publié"; cf. Vinet 471; cf. Picot Rothschild IV, 3114; cf. Fairfax Murray 150; Du Colombier, Jean Goujon (1949) p. 67-71, pl. LVI-LVIII; cf. Mortimer French 202.