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CABINET DU ROI
['Petites conquêtes'. Before 1727?]
[Plans et profils, appellez communement Les petits conquestes, servant a l'histoire de Louis XIV]
[Paris]: [Imprimerie Royale], [1700--1727?]
[39] engr. pl. (1 double-page) ; 60.2 cm. (2°)

This untitled collection of engraved plates, mostly by Louis de Châtillon, Sébastien Le Clerc, Daniel Marot and Jean Dolivar of sieges and battles between 1672 and 1679, largely corresponds to the suite known as 'Les petites conquêtes' to distinguish it from Pontault de Beaulieu's 'Les grandes conquêtes' which formed the final five volumes of the 'Cabinet du Roi' in the form it had reached by 1727. Louis XIV's important chalcography collection, known as the 'Cabinet du Roi', was established in 1663. In 1670 the prints of the 'Cabinet' began to be issued under the aegis of Colbert in a series of volumes designed to showcase the Sun King's patronage of the arts and sciences. Continually updated, this series did not achieve definitive form until 1727 when engravings from the 'Cabinet' were re-arranged for distribution by royal gift in bound sets of 23 folio volumes, the contents and arrangement of which were described in a separately printed catalogue entitled Suite et arrangement des volumes d'estampes, dont les planches sont à la Bibliothèque du Roy, Paris 1727; a further catalogue of contents was issued in 1743 under the title Catalogue des volumes d'estampes, dont les planches sont à la Bibliothèque du Roy, Paris 1743 (see Millard I, 46). For a description of a complete set of the 1727 issue see BAL, Early printed books, no. 518 and 518.A-Z; for the 'Petites conquêtes' see no. 518.P.

The Soane copy of the present collection as described above has the plates bound in the same chronological order by date of battle or siege but is without of the 40 plates listed in the Suite et arrangement of 1727, pp. 19--20 ('Emmerick', 'Salins', 'Sortie de la Garnison de Dole', and 'Messine secourüe'). In their place are four plates by Pierre Le Pautre (two plans and profiles of Namur, one of Roses and one of Charleroi) with dates between 1692 and 1695, assigned to the volume of 'Villes, citadelles, et chasteaux' (see BAL no. 518.O), suggesting the Soane copy was issued before the arrangement reached its 1727 form.

Copy Notes Second front free-endpaper inscribed in ink Le Clerc, and others.

Binding C17th/C18th full red morocco, gilt triple-rule borders, upper and lower covers with gilt-stamped royal arms of France, gilt-tooled spine with cyphers of Louis XIV, gilt lettered 'Conque / De / Louis·14', gilt edges, marbled endpapers. The binding matches that of two further contemporary volumes of 'Cabinet du Roi' plates in the Soane Museum, the 'Vues, entrées et autres sujects, servant à l'histoire de Louis XIV' (q.v.) numbered as tome II, and the 'Paysages, morceaux d'études, &c. ...' (q.v.) numbered as tome III.

Reference Number 6703


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