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    Gerard De Lachau and Gaspard Michel Le Blond. Description Des Principales Pierres Gravees Du Cabinet De S .A. S. Monseigneur Le Duc D'Orleans. Paris: 1780-1784.

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    Gerard De Lachau and Gaspard Michel Le Blond. Description Des Principales Pierres Gravees Du Cabinet De S .A. S. Monseigneur Le Duc D'Orleans. Paris: Lachau, Le Blond et Pissot, 1780-1784.

    First edition. Two folio volumes. Large Paper Copies [?], approximately 13.25 x 8.25 inches (Sinkankas calls for 12.75 x 8 inches). [32], 303; [4], [2], 215, [4] pages. Two title vignettes, 179 plates, fifty-eight large text vignettes, lacks frontispiece portrait and the seven additional plates (as usual; plates not mentioned in Sinkankas). Nineteenth century red roan-backed marbled boards, spines gilt. Some rubbing, a few edge tears, minor foxing, paper shelf labels on spines; marbled endpapers; old private owner's stamp on title-page. Ttt2 improperly bound-in (folded horizontally). Still, a very nice copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.  

    Lachau, Gerard De & Gaspard Michel LeBlond. Description Des Principales Pierres Gravees Du Cabinet De S.A.S. Monseigneur Le Duc D'Orleans. Paris: Lachau, Le Blond & Pissot, 1780-84. Folio. 2 vols. Large Paper Copies? 13 1/4 x 8 1/4 " (Sinkankas calls for 12 3/4 x 8", Ray 13 1/8 x 7 7/8")) [32],303; [4],[2],215,[4]p. 19th c. Red roan backed marbled boards, spines gilt, rubbing, a few edge tears, minor foxing; marbled endpapers; old private owner's stamp on t.p., Ttt2 improperly bound-in (folded horizontally), a vey nice copy. 2 title vignettes, 179 plates, 58 large text vignettes, lacks frontis. port., and the 7 additional plates (as usual. not mentioned in Sinkankas). By Augustin De Saint-Aubin (1736-1807). First Edition. Lauchau (c1750-) & Le Blond (1738-1805) famous work on the gem collection of Louis Philippe Joseph, duc d'Orleans (1747-1793). The collection was bought by Catherine II of Russia in 1787 and is now in the Hermitage.


    The plates are universally praised even if the text was not. W. King says that "...the plates by St Aubin, equal the illustrations of the Marlborough Cabinet, especially as regards the heads, in which department they, in my opinion, are the most satisfactory attempt that has yet been made to reproduce the true character of the gem-works."


    "With minute exactness he provided 179 representations of the gems themselves, and to these he added fifty-five tailpieces in which he set down the fancies to which these remnants of the past had given rise in his mind."


    The 7 addec plates are not called for in the text and apparently represented erotic gems "which could be added by amateurs." [Ray,117) Sinkankas 3734. Ray, French, 67. Cohen de Ricci 542ff. Lewine 270. Vinet 1634. Berlin Cat. 4276. Cicognara 2801 "bella anzi magnifica raccolta." Zazoffs 145ff. Reynaud 277ff. Bocker 197ff. Goodland, Sex, 340.



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    November, 2015
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