Les Augustes Représentations de tous les Roys de France depuis Pharamond jusqu'à Louis XV [XIV] dit le Grand a Présent Régnant

Larmessin, Nicolas

Published by Chez F. Hurand, 1714
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With ornate title page. "Avec un Abrégé Historique sous chacun contenant leurs Naissances, Inclinations et Actions plus Remarquables pendant leurs Règnes". plus 62 full-page lithograph plates. This book was originally issued with 65 portrait plates of the the Kings of France, typically from the Merovingian Dynasty through the House of Bourbon, beginning with the legendary Pharamond through Louis XIV, Louis the Great, mistakenly listed on the title page as Louis XV, and continuing to the then-present king [in name only], Louis XV. Louis XV succeeded to the throne upon the death of Louis XIV, 1 September 1715. As Louis XV was but 5 years of age at that time, a regent ruled for him until his majority. Thus although the title page bears the date 1714, the book could not have been issued until 1715, at the earliest. Of the numbered plates, numbers 1, 2 and 27 are missing. Printed by St. Seuerin [?]. Later [?] marbled paper wrappers. The wrappers are quite distressed and with creases and tears along the front, spine and back. As to the text block, some of the portrait pages are quite clean but a number are soiled, stained or foxed. 11.25 x 9.25 inches. "The Franks were originally led by dukes (military leaders) and reguli (petty kings). A timeline of Frankish rulers is difficult since the realm was, according to old Germanic practice, frequently divided among the sons of a leader upon his death and then eventually reunited." Thanks to Justion Croft for the following: This is "a type of manuscript habitually prepared by young aristocrats of the Ancien Régime. They served as tools for learning the history of France and its royal lineages, but also for practising penmanship. . often decorated with calligraphic exercises and highly coloured." Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Les Augustes Représentations de tous les ...
Publisher: Chez F. Hurand
Publication Date: 1714
Binding: Paperback
Illustrator: Larmessin, Nicolas
Book Condition: Fair
Edition: Presumed First Edition.

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