27 - 28 June 2006
[FRENCH MANUSCRIPT.] "La famille royale." France, 1805, introduction dated 1816.
66 mm diameter. CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER. 62 leaves on circular paper. Contents: 10pp. Introduction [first and last leaves with gilt leaf on recto and verso]; title, 2pp. contents, 102pp. text; 6pp. table. Title with elaborate watercolor border, first text leaf with narrow decorative watercolor border, other leaves with one wide and one narrow rule borders. Hand-colored stipple engraved portrait of Louis XVI and his family facing first text leaf, engraved portrait of the royal family facing f.28 and pen-and-ink drawing showing "Madame Royale" in prayer on vellum facing f.94. Contemporary French red straight-grained morocco, circular gilt border, short spine gilt; original green board round pull-off case. Provenance: purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 15 May 1951.
A very charming calligraphic manuscript in a tiny hand written by a French Royalist who had lived through the French Revolution. The author, whose entwined initials are given on the title-page perhaps reading "L.C.H." writes an homage to the Royal family and dedicated to the Duchess of Angouleme, the surviving daughter of Louis XVI.
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