12 June 2009
PARIS 1745 -- Fètes publiques donneés par la ville de Paris, a l'occasion du Mariage de Monseigneur le Dauphin, Les 23. et 26. Fevrier MDCCLV. [Paris, 1745].
2o (623 x 457 mm). Text within engraved ornamental borders. Engraved title-page after CHARLES EISEN, allegorical frontispiece by JACQUES PHILIPPE LEBAS after CHARLES HUTIN, and 19 engraved plates (10 double-page) by and after JACQUES-FRANçOIS BLONDEL (some dampstaining). Modern half morocco, marbled boards.
In February 1745, the city of Paris organized a spectacular celebration to recognize the marriage of LOUIS (1729-1765), Dauphin of France to MARIA TERESA (1726-1746), Infanta of Spain. Public buildings throughout the city were illuminated, and banquets, masked balls, dances, and musical performances were held. The plates illustrate the specially erected "salles" in which visiting guests could sit and view the spectacles, as well as scenes from the balls and banquets, and depictions of the illuminations. Of particular note are the fine plates illustrating night scenes, which prove to be an interesting study in the use of light and shade. Berlin 3016; Brunet II, 1239; Cohen- de Ricci 392; Lipperheide Sg 21; Millard French 27; Vinet 522; Watanabe 2120.
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