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MAROT, Jean (1619? --1679)
[Le Grand Marot]
[Paris]: [1686].
[4] p., [197] pl. ; 43.2 cm (2°)

An almost complete collection of [196] of the [197] plates etched by Jean Marot, architecte des bâtiments du roi with some assistance from his eldest son Daniel, known as 'Le Grand Marot'. The precise date of the 'definitive' edition is not known; 1686 is suggested in the catalogue of the BAL. 'Le Grand Marot' was later issued in 1727 as tome 4 of the French architectural publisher and printseller Jean Mariette's collection Architecture française (q.v.), but none of the 37 additional plates normally found in the 1727 reprint are in the present copy. BAL, Early printed books, no. 2042; Millard I, 117; Mauban, Marot, pp. 10--19, 77--78.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the plate of the hôtel de Cossé and without the letterpress 'Table' of plates which is contained in the very comparable copy in the Millard Collection in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. The four plates depicting St Peter's and the Campidoglio in Rome and the suite of 17 numbered plates of Balbec and a 'Temple de Grèce' are bound separately in an untitled volume containing a selection of 125 plates found in tomes I--III of the Architecture française published by Jean Mariette between 1727 and 1738 (q.v.). The five volumes of this work include as tome IV (almost certainly published in 1727) a new edition of the 'Grand Marot' with 37 additional plates, and it is possible that the Soane copy represents an intermediate issue. The plates are numbered in ink in the top right hand corner 1--155, 160 --178. The two plates showing ceiling panels in the Louvre, both captioned 'Plafond du Louvre' (pl. [176--177]) are present as duplicate impressions joined together to give an impression of the ceilings as a whole, but unlike the copy in the BAL, the plate of the 'Porte de fer' at Maisons (pl. [112]) is printed from two coppers on the same sheet rather than on two separately-printed sheets pasted together. There are inscriptions in pencil on the verso of the front free endpaper 0:13:0 and in the margin of pl. [145] Temple of Charetan 1623 - destroyed 1685.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, spine gilt-lettered 'Architecture Francaise'. Bound by Peter Low for £1 6s., 25 March 1807, as a set with another volume of Mariette plates (q.v., copy 1). (Spiers Box).

Reference Number 6451


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