Title: Description des Festes, Données par la Ville...
Publisher: P. G. Le Mercier, Paris
Publication Date: 1740
Book Condition: Very Good+
Contemporary French red morocco gilt, covers with a decorative border composed from fillets and two decorative rolls, the inner roll including fleur-de-lys, large single fleur-de-lys tooled at corners, all surrounding the large centrally-placed arms of the City of Paris blocked in gilt, spine in eleven compartments with raised bands, green morocco lettering-piece in the second, the others with repeat overall decoration of various small tools surrounding a large centrally-placed fleur-de-lys tool; large folio (622 x 470 mm); title with engraved vignette of the arms of Paris by P. Soubeyran after E. Bonchardon, engraved headpiece by Rigaud, two engraved initials, 13 engraved plates (8 double-page) by Blondel after Blondel, Gabriel, Salley, Rousset, and Servandoni. Small tears to lower blank margins of A1 and A2 and plates 2,8 and 13, light old staining to blank margins; binding with neat repairs to joints, corners and head and foot of spine. Commemorates the festivities with which the city of Paris honored the wedding of the son of Philip V of Spain to Louise-Elisabeth, daughter of Louis XV. The celebration was held along the Seine between the Pont Royal and the Pont Neuf, and also on an island specially constructed on the river after plans by the architect Giovanni Nocolo Servandoni (1695-1766). There are several plans and sectional views of the Hôtel de Ville showing its decoration for the Grand Ball, but the most famous plate is the magnificent double-page engraving of the fireworks. Berlin Kat. 3012; Cohen/de Ricci 288; Lipperheide Sg 19; Ruggieri (1873) 570; Vinet 519. Bookseller Inventory # D7153
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