Saint Aubin, Augustin de
LA CHAU, Géraud de; LE BLOND, Gaspard Michel] Description of the main engraved stones of the cabinet of H.S.H. Monseigneur le duc d'Orléans, first prince of blood. Paris l'abbé de La Chau, l'abbé Le Blond, Pissot (impr. de Prault [- impr. de Monsieur]) 1780-1784 (colophon tome II : 1785) 2 vol. in-f° (H. : 41,5 x 26 cm) : 32]-303, -v--215- pp.; 180 h.-t. (pp. I-312/313 burnished, russet. pp. I-101/102, pl. 52-65 of volume I bound at the end of this volume). Green markings on the spine, fat and thin fillets around the dishes, spines floral gilt with title label and red leather tomaison, fillets and rolls gilt on the cuts and filled, golden tr. (leg. rubbed and very leg. us.). Copy on large laid paper. Only edition due to the abbots de La Chau (1750-?) and Le Blond (1738-1809), respectively librarian, secretary and guard of the cabinet of engraved stones of the Duc d'Orléans, curator of the Mazarine Library, with the collaboration of Abbé François Arnaud (1721-1784) for t. I and Henri Coquille-Deslongchamps (1746-1808) for t. II. Illustration gr. by Augustin de Saint-Aubin: frontispiece after Cochin,- repeated title vign.,- 2 historiated bands (after Cochin in vol. I),- 179 etchings depicting cameos (102, 77),- and 55 beautiful culs-de-lampets of various dimensions (45, 10; those on pp. 70 and 86 not mentioned in the table in vol. II, the last in vol. I after Éléonore de Sabran). Enriched with the 7 plates of 37 Spintrian medals (tokens used to pay prostitutes or the entrance of lupanars) which are often missing, in ff. flounces (traces of tabs or glue at the edges, russet.). Ref. Sinkankas 3733. - Cohen 542-543. - Reynaud 277-278. - Cicognara 2801. - Barber I:900.
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