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Cabinet du Roi.
COLLECTION OF ELEVEN VOLUMES, UNIFORMLY BOUND IN FRENCH ARMORIAL CALF GILT, COMPRISING:
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LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
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Cabinet du Roi.
COLLECTION OF ELEVEN VOLUMES, UNIFORMLY BOUND IN FRENCH ARMORIAL CALF GILT, COMPRISING:
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts

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Cabinet du Roi.
COLLECTION OF ELEVEN VOLUMES, UNIFORMLY BOUND IN FRENCH ARMORIAL CALF GILT, COMPRISING:
Tableaux du cabinet du roy. Premiere partie. Paris: l’imprimerie royale (Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy), 1679[-1727], broadsheets (495 x 335mm.), 38 unnumbered plates [BAL RIBA 517 & 518.A]
[Medaillons antiques], folio (485 x 320mm.), engraved plates numbered 1-41, I-XV, I-II, I-IV, I-III, [I]-IV, [20] unnumbered leaves of engravings and medallions [BAL RIBA 518.C]
[Tuileries & Louvre] (Ornemens de peinture et de sculpture, qui sont dans la Galerie d’Apollon, au chasteau du Louvre, et dans le grand appartement du Roy, au Palais des Tuileries, 1710), broadsheets (485 x 320mm.), 40 engraved plates in all [BAL RIBA 518.D]
[Chateau de Versailles]. [Paris, 1727], broadsheets (485 x 320mm.), 19 plates and plans by Le Pautre and Silvestre, [BAL RIBA 518.E]
Description de la Grotte de Versailles. Paris: l’imprimerie royale (Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy), 1679[-1727], folio (485 x 320mm.), 48 plates, 10 double-page, by le Pautre, Silvestre and  Simmoneau le jeune, [BAL RIBA 515 & 518.F]
Statues et bustes antiques des maisons royales. Premiére partie. Paris: l’imprimerie royale (Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy), 1679[-1727], broadsheets (485 x 320mm.), 44 unnumbered plates in three series, [BAL RIBA 516 & 518.G]
Termes bustes, sphinx, et vases du Roy, à Versailles. Folio (490 x 325mm.), 51 unnumbered plates by le Pautre, Mellan and Baudet, [BAL RIBA 518.H]
Tapisseries du Roy. Paris: Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, 1679, broadsheets (495 x 325mm.), [BAL RIBA 518.I]
Les plaisirs de l’isle enchantée, ou les festes, et diuertissements du Roy, à Versailles, folio (528 x 365mm.), 20 full-page plates by Silvestre, le Pautre and Chauveau, [BAL RIBA 518.L]
[Autres plans, profils, elevations, et vues de différentes maisons royales], broadsheets (485 x 320mm.), 26 plates and plans, [BAL RIBA 518.N]
[Villes, citadelles & châteaux], broadsheets (485 x 320mm.), 19 plates, [BAL RIBA 518.O]

uniformly bound in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt royal arms on covers, gilt monograms on spines, edges gilt, spines numbered I, III-IX, XI and XIII-XIV, occasional light spotting and browning,  some small tears to margins, not affecting plates, joints very slightly worn, corners lightly scuffed, some spine labels worn
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Provenance

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Catalogue Note

This monumental collection of engravings of treasures from the royal collection was conceived by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Louis XIV’s Minister of Finances from 1665 to 1683, to demonstrate the flourishing of the arts and sciences under the French King. Originally issued in 1677 for royal bestowal only, Colbert made the engravings available to the public in 1679, both to recoup the original cost and “to demonstrate the open-handedness of the King and spread knowledge of royal munificence as widely as possible” (BAL RIBA 518).

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