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    With Gilt Armorial Coat of Arms of the Dauphin of France, a Tall Folio Commemorating the French Bourbon Monarchy

    [Royalty]. [Dauphin of France]. La Race des Bourbons. No place, circa 1890. Tall folio (approximately 12 by 17.5 inches). Featuring fifty-two splendid engraved plates honoring the history of the French Bourbon monarchy, with copper-engraved portraits of Henry IV, the first Bourbon monarch, Marie de Medici, Louis XIV, Louis Grand Dauphin, Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette, and much more. Mid-18th century full mottled brown calf rebacked and recornered, with the gilt arms of the Dauphin of France on the covers, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, decorative gilt fleur-de-lys and dolphins (for the Dauphin) at the corners of each elaborately gilt-bordered cover, black morocco spine labels. Marbled endpapers. Some edge wear, rubbing, and chipping to the binding. Bookplate to front pastedown. Occasional minor marginalia to the edges of the plates. Occasional leaves with small penciled numbering at upper comers. Plates generally fresh with light scattered foxing, some rubbing, abrasions, slight loss to spine panels of contemporary boards. A very good folio album. From a private collection from New Orleans.

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    The plates in this volume trace the history of the French Bourbon monarchy from Henry IV (1589-1610), the first Bourbon monarch, to Henri, Count of Chambord, Legitimist pretender to the French throne (1844-1883). Includes portraits of: Marie de Medici, second wife of Henry IV; Louis XIV and his wife Marie-Therese of Austria, mother of the Grand Dauphin; Marie Leczinska, wife of Louis XV; Louis Dauphin of France, son of Louis XV and Marie Leczinska, and father of Louis XVI, Louis XVIII and Charles X; Marie-Therese of Spain, wife of Louis XIV and mother of Louis Grand Dauphin; Louis Grand Dauphin; Louis de France, Duke of Burgundy, son of Louis Grand Dauphin; Francoise d'Aubigne, Marquise de Maintenon, second wife of Louis XIV; Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France, wife of Louis de France, son and heir of Louis XV and mother of three French kings, including Louis XVI; Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette, Louis XVII; Henri, Comte de Chambord, and many more. Also featuring engraved illustrations of Versailles and the "Testament de Louis XVI." Title page with engraved border. Containing 47 engraved plates tipped to 50 leaves, and five copper-engraved leaves. Text in French. The volume has been bound in an earlier 18th-century binding with the coat of arms of the Dauphin of France and his armorial bookplate. The practice of binding a book in an earlier binding, called "remboltage," was popular in France. The labels on this binding are dated "Juillet 1757'' and titled Menus et Ordre de Depens, suggesting a royal account book.



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