Item #11292 Recueil D’Antiquités Dans les Gaules. Felix François le Royer d’Artezet de LA SAUVAGÈRE.
Recueil D’Antiquités Dans les Gaules.
Recueil D’Antiquités Dans les Gaules.
Recueil D’Antiquités Dans les Gaules.
Recueil D’Antiquités Dans les Gaules.
Recueil D’Antiquités Dans les Gaules.
Recueil D’Antiquités Dans les Gaules.
Recueil D’Antiquités Dans les Gaules.
“THIS INTREPID ANTIQUARY” — VINET

Recueil D’Antiquités Dans les Gaules.

Paris, J.-T. II Hérissant 1769.

4to (244 x 189 mm.). xxiv, 379, [3]p. and TWENTY-FIVE FOLDING AND FOUR FULL-PAGE ENGRAVED PLATES BY MARIE LATTRÉ IN THEIR FIRST STATE. Manuscript corrections and additions throughout, three engraved slips and two manuscript corrections slips pasted in; four cancel leaves cleverly handled (see below).

CONTEMPORARY GILT RED MOROCCO, triple-rule border, corner ornaments, CENTRAL ARMS OF THE DEDICATEE ÉTIENNE-FRANÇOIS DE CHOISEUL-STAINVILLE, DUC DE CHOISEUL (O-H-R 834,5, this work, 1770 issue), gilt spine and citron morocco label, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endleaves, blue silk headbands, all edges gilt, green silk marker.

ONLY EDITION, PRE-PUBLICATION ISSUE OF THESE EIGHT ARCHAEOLOGICAL ESSAYS. IT IS KNOWN IN TWO COPIES, THAT OF THE DEDICATEE — THE PRESENT EXAMPLE — AND THAT MARKED FOR THE PRINTER (now Lyon BM). The published version has the title dated the following year, 1770.
            Here the text and their illustrations are in their uncorrected state. Manuscript interventions and discrete effacements of whole and partial sorts rectified minor errors in the essays.
            TWO MANUSCRIPT ADDITIONS UNIQUE TO THIS COPY ARE ALMOST CERTAINLY AUTHORIAL. One insertion, some sixty lines of new material, has additions neatly fitted to and pasted over passages penned across two lower blank margins.
            To perfect the book for Choiseul, the text engravings were cut out and pasted onto the blank spaces reserved for them (in lieu of running the sheets through a rolling press). The folding and full-page plates are properly placed, despite their faulty numeration. By the time these autonomous illustrations were ready, this copy was already clothed in armorial red morocco.
            However, other ameliorations took place after the volume was bound, as the edition was in its preliminary stages, when this copy left Hérissant’s shop. The four leaves that required resetting were inserted in their appropriate places through the careful excision of the first issue type areas and in their place the meticulous inlaying of the emended second issue letterpress. THESE FIRST ISSUE LEAVES BECAME FRAMES FOR THE SECOND ISSUE TEXT BLOCKS.
            One of La Sauvagère’s intentions was apparently never realized — the inclusion of an illustration of the two mummy sarcophagi as displayed in situ in their outdoor grotto at Château d’Ussé, where he measured, drew and studied them. Unique to the dedication copy, this delicate etching is pasted in at the head of the essay presenting his Egyptian research, which is accompanied by two large folding plates of the sarcophagi’s construction and hieroglyphs and the promise of resolving their meaning.
            Tipped in at the back of the volume is the first leaf of the 21 November 1770 Affiches, Annonces, et Avis Divers, puffing the newly available work. In excellent condition, bookplates of Bordeaux bibliophile Jacques Vieillard (?d. 1929) and of Hubert marquis de Ganay.
¶For the 1770 issue see Vinet’s Bibliographie…des beaux-arts 1874 and Borroni Salvadori’s “Il Cicognara” Bibliografia dell’archeologia classica II: 479 and Universal Catalogue of Books on Art Suppl. 362 and Reynaud’s Notes…sur les Livres à gravures du XVIIIe siècle 295 and Brunet III: 855 “rare”; for Marie Lattré see BN Inventaire du fonds français…XVIIIe siècle XII: 462 and Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers ed. French 3: 94.

Item #11292

Price: $11,500.00