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RUGGIERI, E.-F.-D. (d.1885) -- Catalogue des livres rares et précieux ... Sacres des rois et des empereurs, entrées triomphales, mariages, tournois ... fêtes populaires et feux d'artifices. Paris: Adolphe Labitte, 3 March 1873. -- Prix d'adjudication des livres rares et précieux. Paris: Labitte, 1873.
Two parts in one, 8o (243 x 150 mm). Contemporary French half calf, black lettering piece on spine, other compartments richly gilt.
The first, and most important, private collection ever formed exclusively devoted to festivities; its sale catalogue has remained an indispensable work of reference to the present day; the 1,200 lots are arranged under the sixteen different countries in which these festivities took place, except for two amazing special sections: one catalogues thirty-eight books published between 1515 and 1559, describing festivities and solemnities in honour of Emperor Charles V, the other almost 400 pieces concerning festivities held during the French Revolution, offered in one lot, but catalogued separately on pp. 259-277. Laid-in is the very rare supplement of 11 March 1873. Blogie II, col. 126.
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