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CABINET DU ROI
[Maisons royales. c. 1727]
[Autres plans, profils, élévations, et vûes de differentes maisons royales]
[Paris]: [Imprimerie Royale], [1727 or later].
[26] engr. pl. ; 48.2 cm. (2°)

An untitled series of [26] unnumbered 'Cabinet du Roi' engravings, consisting of plans, elevations and perspectives of the royal châteaux and gardens at Vincennes, St.-Germain, Fontainebleau, Monceaux, Chambord, Blois and Compiègne, as well as the Palais-Royal and château de Madrid. The series corresponds to that entitled as above in the Suite et arrangement des volumes d'estampes, dont les planches sont à la Bibliothèque du Roi, 1727 and as described in BAL Early Imprints Catalogue (BAL 518.N). In copies assembled earlier than this these plates were usually combined with a similar collection of engravings of the Louvre, the Tuileries and other royal buildings (q.v.).

Louis XIV's important collection of copperplates, known as the 'Cabinet du Roi', was established in 1663. In 1670 prints from the 'Cabinet' began to be issued under the aegis of Colbert as part of a series of publications designed to showcase the Sun King's patronage of the arts and sciences. Continually updated the 'Cabinet' engravings did not achieve definitive form as a set of 23 volumes of engravings without letterpress until the publication in the 1727 descriptive catalogue cited above. A further catalogue of the contents of the 'Cabinet' 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). A set of the 1727 issue is described in the BAL Early Imprints Catalogue (see nos. 518 and 518.A-U).

It is evident from Soane's holdings of the 'Cabinet' that he was only really interested in acquiring the plates that related to architecture. However, since the precise distribution of plates of architectural interest varies between different sets and issues of the 'Cabinet', this strategy led to some unavoidable overlaps and omissions. Thus despite owning three other 'maison royales' recueils - an early issue (q.v.), and intermediate issue (q.v.) and a later separate issue of the Louvre and Tuileries plates (q.v.) - Soane ended up with duplicates of most of the plates in this volume and, somewhat disappointingly, only six out of a possible 78 'Cabinet' plates relating to Versailles.

Copy Notes Verso of front free endpaper inscribed in ink Tom. 14e. and in bistre ink C.; second front endpaper inscribed in pencil 2.2.-; rear free-endpaper inscribed in ink 20[or w?]f.

The following is a list of the unnumbered plates as they appear in the Soane copy. They are all double-page unless otherwise noted:
[1] 'Plan General du Palais Royal Graué par la Boissiere en 1679.'
[2] 'Veuë du Palais Royal Dessigné et graué par la Boissiere en 1679.'
[3] 'Plan general du Chasteau et petit Parc de Vincennes. Isr. Silustre fecit 1668.' In this state the caption is at the foot of the plate; an earlier state (q.v.) is captioned top right.
[4] 'Dessein du Portal de Vincennes en face de la cour pour entrer dans le parc. par le Sr. le Vau. Jean Marot Sculsit Dorbay delineavit.' Single page plate.
[5] 'Ueüe Et Perspectiue Du Chateau De Vincennes Du Costé De L'Entrée Du Parc. Dessigné et gravé par P. Brissart.'
[6] 'Plan du Chasteau de Madrid, avec la Court et le fossé qui l'enuironne. Plan du premier estage. Plan du rez de chaussée. J. Marotte sculps 1676.'
[7] 'Eleuation du Chasteau de Madrid. J. Marotte sculps 1677.'
[8] 'Plan du Chasteau de St. Germain en Laye'. Unsigned and undated.
[9] 'Plan du Chasteau neuf de St. Germain en Laye. Israel Silustre delin. et sculpsit 1667.' In this state the caption is at the foot of the left side of the double-page plate, which is numbered '1' bottom left.
[10] 'Veue du Chateau Neuf de St. Germain en Laye. Israel Silustre delineauit et sculpsit Cum Priuil Regis 1666.'
[11] 'Plan Général du Château de Fontainebleau et des Environs. Fait en 1682. Dorbay delineauit Sculpsit.'
[12] 'Plan du Château de Fontainebleau Au Rez de Chaussée. Fait en 1682. Dorbay delineauit Sculpsit.'
[13] 'Veüe de la Cour du Cheual blanc de Fontainebleau Israel Silustre delin. et sculpsit 1667.'
[14] 'Veüe du Chasteau de Fontainebleau, du costé du Jardin Israel Siluestre delin et sculpsit.' Two plates joined together and folded.
[15] 'Veüe du Chasteau de Fontainebleau, du coste des Jardins Israel Siluestre f.'
[16] 'Veüe de l'Estang de Fontainbleau Israel Siluestre delineauit et sculpsit 1666.'
[17] 'Veüe du Chasteau de Fontainebleau, du costé de l'Orangerie Isr. Silustre del. et sculps. 1679.'
[18] 'Veüe du Chasteau de Fontainebleau, du costé du grand Canal Isr. Silustre del. et sculps. 1678.'
[19] 'Plan releué du Chasteau, Jardin, et Parc de Monceaux Israel Silustre sculp. 1673.'
[20] 'Veüe du Chasteau de Monceaux Isr. Silustre del. et sculps. 1679.'
[21] 'Veüe du Chasteau de Monceaux du coste du Parc Isr. Silustre del. et sculps. 1680.'
[22] 'Veüe du Chasteau de Chambor, du costé de l'entrée Isr. Silustre del. et sculps. 1678.'
[23] 'Veüe du Chasteau de Chambor du costé du parc Isr. Silustre del. et sculps. 1676.' Two plates joined together.
[24] 'Plan du Chasteau de Blois. Dorbay del. et sculps. 1677.' Single page plate
[25] 'Veüe du Chasteau de Blois. Israel Silustre sculpsit. 1672.' Two plates joined together and folded.
[26] 'Plan du Chasteau de Compiegne Dorbay del. et sculp. 1677.' Single page plate.

Binding C18th mottled calf, gilt triple-rule borders, upper and lower covers with gilt-stamped royal arms of France, gilt-tooled spine with cyphers of Louis XIV and stars; gilt lettered 'Maiso/ Royal'; gilt edges.

Reference Number 6515


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