Lot 58

MOREAU LE JEUNE, Jean-Michel Moreau, says (1741-1814). Prints intended to decorate the editions of M. de Voltaire. Engraved after the drawings of M. Moreau, draftsman and engraver of the King's cabinet... Paris: the author, A.P.D.R.

Rare complete suite before the letter of the engravings by Moreau intended to illustrate the edition of Kehl, with all the required portraits, in the first print (the portrait of Agnès Sorel spelled "Sorelle"). Only one plate and the portraits are with the letter (the latter do not exist in this state). All the plates bear the caption carefully added in ink by Decroix, collaborator of the edition. This suite is augmented by a portrait of Frédéric-Guillaume with the letter, a portrait of Voltaire engraved by Le Petit and a proof for La Pucelle before the letter, these three additional plates not bound. The copy, which has passed through prestigious libraries, is cited by Cohen (1046, no. 8), who lists only 13 suites before the letter, including 4 in morocco, and mentions that only 25 copies are in this condition ("I don't know if this figure is correct"). Cohen and the Esmerian catalogue attribute the binding to Bradel-Derome. On the preliminary leaves were long handwritten notes by Decroix (father and son), Renouard and Guyot de Villeneuve.

In-8. Title engraved by Beaublé, engraved dedication page, Tableau des Œuvres de Voltaire double page, 19 portraits and 93 plates after Moreau. Bound at the time, red morocco, fine gilt spine gilt in frame, smooth spine decorated with gilt irons including urns and small diamond irons, gilt edges. Provenance : Decroix (autograph note dated 1826) A.-A. Renouard (ex-libris and autograph note dated 1827 n° 2415 of his catalogue) Hochart (autograph note dated 1869) Ricardo de Heredia (ex-libris 1891, I, n° 938) Guyot de Villeneuve (1900, n° 478) Descamps-Scrive (ex-libris 1925, n° 243) Cortland Bishop (ex-libris 1948, n° 326) Raphaël Esmerian (ex-libris 1973, n° 106).

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