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History of the house of Chastillon sur Marne. Containing the most memorable actions of the Counts of Blois and Chartres, of Pentheure, of S. Paul & of Porcean: with the genealogies of the ancient counts of S. Paul, of Blois, of Flanders, of Hainaut, of Namur, of Amiens, of Valois, of Rhetel, of Soissons. Paul, Blois, Flanders, Hainaut, Namur, Amiens, Valois, Rhetel, Soissons, Sancerre [...the arms of all the noble families of France & the Netherlands allied by Marriage to that of Chastillon, represented in copper, the whole divided in XII books and justified by Chartres, titles, arrests & auctoritez of the most faithful historians by André Du Chesne, Tourangeau, geographer of the king (1584-1640) In Paris, in the store of Nivelle, at Sebastien Cramoisy, rue Saint Jacques aux cigognes, 1621. In-folio, full red morocco, covers decorated with a large dolphin lace and stamped in their center with the gilded and mosaic arms of the Duke of Châtillon (Gules, three pals of vair, chief Or). They were placed on a background of ermines and collar of the Holy Spirit, bristling with six flags with three fleurs-de-lis and surmounted by a lion's head and the ducal crown. Ornate cups, interior roulette. Gilded edges. 14 - 726 pp. 1 f.-286 pp. table. Tear and missing in margin without loss of text on last page of text. Followed by 6 ff. of manuscript letters patent and a manuscript leaf partly in Latin concerning the Châtillons and especially Charles de Châtillon (succinctly quoted on p.528 of the work). Beautiful frontispiece engraved by Picard, coats of arms engraved in the text. Precious copy in a binding with the Châtillon arms that belonged to Jérôme Pichon. One can read in the sale catalog of the library of baron Pichon the description of this binding : " Superb binding with the arms of the duke of Châtillon, peer of France, governor of the Dauphin, Son of Louis XV. The boards are covered with a large lace with small irons decorated with dolphins. The same emblem, crowned, adorns the corners of the plates and the spine of the binding. According to all appearances, this copy must have been offered by the Son of Louis XV to his governor [the Duke of Châtillon]; one can hardly explain otherwise the presence of dolphins among the ornaments of this binding." This observation is confirmed by the handwritten verses, written in large characters, traced on the leaf that was placed at the end of the volume, before the handwritten letters patent of erection in duchy-peerage of the land of Mauléon under the name of Chastillon, in April 1736: Of the heroes of your blood consecrating the memory I keep their names and their glorious deeds; But even better than history Your virtues, Chatillon, make us your ayeux. The duke Alexis Madeleine Rosalie de Châtillon (1690- 1754) was appointed governor in 1735 and was in charge of the education of the Dauphin, Louis of France, son of Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska. Ex-libris Pichon in green morocco with the motto Memor fui dierum antiquorum (I remember the days of old, beginning of psalm 143 attributed to David) Catalog of the library of the late Baron Jérôme Pichon [...]. First part : rare and precious books, manuscripts and prints" (N° 1455). This remarkable binding has been reproduced in the last edition of L'Armorial du Bibliophile.

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