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CABINET DU ROI
Statuës et bustes antiques des maisons royales. Première partie.
A Paris de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1679.
[2], 6 p., [28] pl. ; 55.5 cm. (1°)

The text is signed 'Felibien' (i.e. André Félibien) but relates only to the first eighteen unnumbered plates of antique statuary in the Tuileries signed as drawn and engraved by Claude Mellan between 1669 and 1675 (only two are undated). The remaining ten unnumbered plates (of other antique statues and busts also housed in the Tuileries) are signed and dated as engraved by Étienne Baudet in 1678. This latter series appears to represent half the total of twenty Tuileries antique sculpture plates engraved by Baudet for the Cabinet du Roi in 1677--8. Some copies of this issue of the 'Statues' engravings of the Cabinet du Roi, the first printed for sale to the public, were apparently sold without any of Baudet's plates (see BAL, Early printed books, no. 516). Other copies, put together later with the idea of reflecting the current contents of the Tuileries, are likely to have some or all of the further twenty-three relevant plates completed by Baudet between 1679 and 1681 (cf. BAL, Early printed books, no. 518.G, series iii and 518.H, series ii).

Copy Notes With the Baudet plates inlaid to size. Bound to follow a copy of [Charles Perrault's] Courses de testes et de bague faittes par le Roy, 1670, q.v. (i.e. the 'Carrousel de 1662').

Binding C17th vellum, upper and lower covers with gilt-tooled floral and ruled borders, corner rosettes and gilt-tooled interlaced foliage mandorla in central panel, gilt-tooled spine, morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 4064


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