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TESTARD, François Martin (fl. 1790--1819)
Vues pittoresques des principaux édifices de Paris.
A Paris [c. 1790]. chez les Campions freres et fils,
Engr. t.-pl., 112, [3] aquat. pl. (col.) ; (8º)

The engraved title for this work (absent in the Soane copy) seems to have been used to cover at least two different series of views. One is the present suite of 110 circular aquatints by Le Campion, Guyot, Roger, Guillot, Belley and Mlle Guyot after F.M. Testard and Sergent [i.e. A.F. Sergent-Marceau] with the imprint line of 'les Campions freres et fils'; the other is a suite of 73 plates by J.F. Janinet after J.N.L. Durand with the imprint line of 'Esnauts et Rapilly' (q.v.). A complete set of these plates is formed of the engraved title and 112 numbered views, to which can be added a variant pl. 1 'Vue De La Nouvelle Salle De Spectacle A Bordeaux' with additional imprint line reading 'A Bordeaux, chez Bouillon et Charles Jean, et Le Dentu Mds. d'Estampes' and bis plates 5 and 6 (views of Ste.-Geneviève). The Soane set has the variant pl. 1 and apparently lacks plates 5--6, having only the bis plates. There are two plates showing the Vauxhall de Paris: pl. 2, captioned 'Wauxhall D'Eté ... Vu Dans Le Jardin', and a plate captioned 'Wauxhall D'Été' without engraved number, but numbered 68 in pencil and 165 in ink (both top right). See Cohen-de Ricci, col. 514--5 (?) and notes to an English copy of some of the plates in BAL, Early printed books, no. 3291.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the title-plate and plates 36, 57, 82, 102 and all after 106. The plates have been cropped within the plate-marks and pasted down in a large quarto scrapbook, chiefly on the rectos. They are followed by the plates of the Janinet suite described above (q.v.), treated in a similar manner and mostly renumbered in ink to form a single sequence with the plates of the present work. Most of the Testard and Sergent plates (and some of the Janinet ones) are accompanied by notes in a small contemporary (?) French hand written in ink on gilt-edged leaves torn from a small format notebook (10.8 cm.), keyed to the plate numbers and/or captions and variously tipped down or inserted underneath the corresponding plates.

At a later stage these two suites were joined by a suite of 82 oblong octavo views of monuments in and around Paris which were pasted down on the versos of the leaves to face the similarly-numbered plates of the first suite, with a title-plate reading Collection des principaux monumens et vues de Paris with the imprint of Vallardi, Paris and Colnaghi, London probably dated c. 1820 (q.v.); this title-plate was pasted down on the first page of the scrapbook to form a title to the whole. Additionally a number of the scrapbook's leaves bear traces of earlier pastedowns having been removed, and there is at least one note now tipped onto the title-page and keyed to pl. 102 bains chinois which does not match any plate now in the scrapbook.

Binding C18th quarter sheep, mottled paste-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine, red leather spine-label lettered in gilt 'Recueil D'Estampes'. 28.6 cm.

Reference Number 6628


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