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PLANS, PROFILS, ET ELEVATIONS ...
[Les plans, profils, et élévations des ville et château de Versailles. 1717]
Les plans, profils, et elevations, des ville, et château de Versailles, avec les bosquets, et fontaines, tels quils sont a present; dessinet et gravez en 1714. et 1715. ...
A Paris chez Demortain, [c. 1717?].
Etch. title-pl., etch. privilege, 38 [i.e. 39], 10, [1] pl. (23 double-page) ; 49.6 cm. (2°)

There are two sets of Les plans, profils, et élévations in the Soane Museum, neither conforming altogether to the descriptions given in BAL or Millard. The collation given above applies only to the present copy. Most copies contain two sequences of plates. After an engraved title-page and privilege leaf dated 30 January 1716, the first sequence is made up of chiefly double-page plates numbered 1--38 (with pl. 32 bearing the impressions of two coppers both numbered 32). This sequence comprising plans of the chateau and gardens, perspective views (including a suite of six drawn and engraved by Pierre Menant, pl. 4--9), and depictions of fountains and bosquets can probably be considered the core of the work as originally intended by the painter and printseller Gilles De Mortain, but as was often the case with such collections, additional material was soon added. Three unnumbered plates, described as pl. [39--41] in BAL 2574, depict a 'Vuë, et Perspective du bas de l’Orangerie …', a 'Vuë du Château Royal de Trianon …' and a 'Veuë De La Machine De Marly'. The second sequence of plates is a suite by Pierre Le Pautre with the title reading 'Les Plans, Coupes, Profils et Elevations De La Chapelle ... Levez & Gravez Par Pierre Le Pautre...', probably added by De Mortain shortly after Le Pautre’s death in late 1716, and consisting of 10 numbered plates (including the title-plate) which are usually accompanied by 2 unnumbered plates showing 'Trophées de la Chapelle …' and an unnumbered double-page 'Vuë, et Perspective de la Chapelle …'. The collation of an 'ideal copy' of the state represented by BAL 2574, circa 1717, is thus as follows: engr. t.-pl., engr. privilege, 38 [i.e. 39], [3], 10, [3] pl., making a total of 56 plates.

The present copy lacks the six unnumbered plates; it does include an unnumbered 'Profil De La Machine De Marly' engraved by C. Inselin with the imprint 'AParis chez Geruais' as described in the Berlin copy and also present as an additional plate in BAL 2574. Another copy, also in the Soane Museum (q.v.) appears to represent a very early state of the work with only 32 leaves of plates to which the numbers have yet not been added. BAL Early printed books, no. 2574 & 2575; Millard I, 121 & 122; Berlin Kat. 2491.

Copy Notes This copy includes a large folded engraved 'Plan General de la Ville & du Château de Versailles, ... par Pierre Le Pautre ...' with the imprint of Demortain, 1717 (making this the likely post quam date of issue of this copy), bound after the title-plate and privilege leaf. It bears the impressions of three coppers, with the engraved key printed on either side of the central plan; here it is cut and bound as three separate leaves. The plates (excluding the title-page and counting the two leaves of the key to the large 'Plan General' as one) are numbered 1--71in ink in an early C19th English hand, probably at the time of binding. The Le Pautre suite is bound following pl. 9 of the first suite; plate 10 of the first suite is misbound after pl. 32. Interspersed are four unrelated suites of engravings from tome 5 (1738) of Mariette's Architecture française (q.v.), consisting of [4] engravings of plans and elevations of the Orangerie (2 double fold., 2 double page), [7] engravings (5 double page) of plans and elevations of the Grandes et Petites Escuries designed by Mansart, [7] double page engravings (1 fold.) of plans, elevations and sections of the château de Clagny, and [4] engravings (2 fold., 1 double page) of the Église du Collège des Quatre Nations. (See Mauban, Mariette, pp. 64--70.)

Binding C19th half russia, gilt-ruled borders and spine, marbled-paper boards. Bound by Peter Low for £1, 25 March 1807. (Spiers Box).

Reference Number 3494


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