12 June 2009
STRASBOURG 1744 -- WEIS, Johann Martin. Représentation des fêtes données par la ville de Strasbourg Pour la Convalescence du Roi; à l'arrivée et pendant le séjour de Sa Majesté en cette Ville. Paris: Laurent Aubert, [n.d.ca 1750?].
2o (572 x 430 mm). Text within engraved ornamental borders. Engraved title-page, engraved portrait of Louis XV, 11 double-page engraved plates, one headpiece, and one tailpiece by JOHANN GEORG WILLE, LE PARTMENTIER, MARTIN MARVIE and JACQUES PHILIPPE LEBAS after CHARLES PARROCEL, JEAN CHAVALLIER, and JOHANN MARTIN WEISS (a few minor repairs). Modern half morocco, marbled boards.
In October 1744, Strasbourg celebrated the entry of LOUIS XV, King of France, as well as his convalescence after he had fallen gravely ill at Metz in August. Weis provides descriptive text of the celebrations, as well as most of the illustrations. The magnificent plates depict the elaborate festivities surrounding the occasion, including the King's entry into the city, water games and theatricals, tournaments, beautiful illuminations of public buildings within Strasbourg, reenactments of battles, and a spectacular fireworks show over the Ill River. Berlin 3015; Cohen-di Ricci 870; Watanabe 2092.
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