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LE JEUNE DE BOULENCOURT
Description generale de l'Hostel Royal des Invalides établi par Louis le Grand dans la plaine de Grenelle prés Paris. Avec les plans, profils & elevations de ses faces, coupes & appartemens.
A Paris chez l'auteur, dans l'Hostel Royal des Invalides, 1683.
[8], 51, [1] p., engr. frontis., [18] pl. (8 fold.) ; 42.9 cm. (2°)

With the dedication to Louis XIV signed 'L. J. D. B.' (i.e. Le Jeune de Boulencourt), to whom the work is usually attributed. Its original author however was 'sieur de la Porte', the first Commissaire des Invalides, who seems to have died shortly before its publication. The plates were engraved by Jean Marot (probably the younger), Daniel Marot, Jean Le Pautre, and Pierre Le Pautre, from drawings apparently originally commissioned by Louis XIV. The unsigned etched frontispiece depicting Louis ordering the building of the Invalides, also appears in M. Félibien's Description de l'eglise royale des Invalides, 1706 (q.v.). On the subsequent publishing history (although the work remained in the trade, being reissued by De Mortain in 1710 with two additional engravings, by 1727 all of its plates had been bought by Louvois, the King's Librarian, for the Cabinet du Roy) see BAL Early printed books, no. 1762.

Copy Notes In the Soane copy the versos of pl. [1--17] have been lettered A--R in ink through stencils to correspond with their designation in the text. Front pastedown inscribed in ink 1.1.1.

Binding C17th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spine.

Reference Number 1751


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