12 June 2009
PARIS 1628 -- MACHAULT, Jean-Baptiste. Eloges et discours sur la triomphante reception du Roy en sa ville de Paris, apres la Reduction de la Rochelle. Paris: Pierre Rocolet, 1629.
2o (358 x 246 mm). Title printed in red and black. 16 engravings by MELCHIOR TAVERNIER and PIERRE FIRENS after ABRAHAM BOSSE. (Some pale dampstaining.) Contemporary French vellum gilt, gilt-blocked arms of Paris on covers, edges gilt (some wear and slight soiling). Provenance: Ambrosius Firmin Didot (bookplate).
A superbly illustrated account of the entry of LOUIS XIII into Paris after the victory at La Rochelle. Realizing that the broad political rights, such as the right to maintain an army, granted to the Hugenots was against the best interests of France as a whole, Cardinal Richelieu, Louis XIII's brilliant minister, had the Hugenot's chief stronghold, La Rochelle, beseiged. The king's reception in 1628 celebrated the capitulation. The decorations for the event included several arches, each extolling the virtues of the king: his clemency, his prudence, his fame, and his piety. The final three plates show floats for the procession and a highly decorated ship. Cicognara 1437; Ruggieri 449; Vinet 488; Watanabe 1783.
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