5 April 2016
PERELLE, Gabriel (1603-77), Nicolas (b.1631), and Adam (1638-1695). Vues des belles maisons de France. -Les places, portes, fountaines, eglises, et maisons de Paris. -Veues des belles maisons des environs de Paris. -Veues de plus beaux endroits de Versailles. -Veues des belles maisons de France. -Veues de Rome et des environs. Paris: Nicolas Langlois, [ca 1650].
7 parts in one volume, oblong 2° (293 x 387 mm). 294 engraved plates on 253 leaves distributed as: I: engraved title and 23 plates (20 lvs.); II: engraved title and 45 plates (46 lvs.); III: engraved title and 36 plates (30 lvs.); IV: engraved title, folding map, and 44 plates (44 lvs.); V: engraved title, 2 folding maps, and 57 plates (54 lvs.); VI: engraved title and 62 plates (41 lvs.); VII: engraved title and 17 plates (18 lvs.). (A few plates faintly browned, third plate reinforced on verso, plate of Monceau with large stain and repair, Pamphile with marginal repair, several other repaired marginal tears.) Late 18th/early 19th-century vellum over pasteboard; cloth folding case.
An extensive series of engravings depicting the major French chateaux and gardens, including Versailles and Fountainebleau, and Parisian views and architectural landmarks. It appears to have been issued by Mariette and N. de Poilly, in addition to Langlois. The present collection has uniform Langlois imprints and agrees with Berlin Kat., including the view "La Place St. Marc à Venise" at the end; the last view is of the Escurial at Madrid. Sold as a collection of plates not subject to return. Berlin Kat. 2483, 2675; cf. Fowler 245 and Millard French I, 136-37.
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