27 - 28 June 2006
CHALLES, Charles-Michel-Ange (1718-1778). Description du mausolée pour très-haut, très-puissant, et très-excellent Prince Louis Dauphin de France, Fait à Paris dans l'Église de Nôtre-Dame, le 1 Mars 1766. [Paris:] P.R.C. Ballard, 1766.
4o (258 x 198 mm). 11 pages. Title vignette and headpiece after C.N. Cochin by B.L. Prevost and 4 engraved plates after M.L. Challe by Martinet. Contemporary French black boards, arms of the Dauphin in silver on each cover, dolphins in the corners, two ornamental borders around the sides, one in the Greek style, the other formed of fleur-de-lys (silver mostly oxidized, some light rubbing). Provenance: purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 1954.
FIRST EDITION of the description of the mausoleum erected at Notre Dame Cathedral for the funeral rites of the Dauphin, Louis de France (1729-1765), son of King Louis XV and father of the Kings Louis XVI, Louis XVIII and Charles X. Laid in to this copy are five variant states of Prevost's title vignette, as well as a separate impression of the headpiece on \Kp\k2r.
The binding is an uncommon funeral binding of black boards with silver ornaments, more commonly executed in morocco and only very rarely in boards.
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