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Le Havre. Relation de l'Arrivée...

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[Le Havre]. Relation de l'Arrivée du Roi au Havre de Grâce, le 19 septembre 1749 et des fêtes qui se sont données à cette occasion. In Paris, chez Guerin et Delatour, 1753, in-folio bound in full red morocco with the arms of Louis XV, large framing roulette with vine decoration on the boards, fleur-de-lis on the four corners, and roulette on the edges, gilt edges, spine with maroon title-piece. The binding has undergone several restorations including a reassembly of the original boxes on a leather. The old leather, very dry and tending to blot, shows in some places the modern leather. The rest of the binding shows some scratches, leather jumps, epidermal marks or small stains, but not very serious. The spines remain worn, however, one of them being slightly cracked. The text is fully engraved. The work, which has been washed and rebound, is illustrated with a title vignette, 2 bands and a large cul-de-lampe, drawn by Slodtz and engraved by Le Bas, engraver of the King's Cabinet. It also contains six double plates mounted on tabs, size 63x50cm, drawn by Descamps, professor of drawing at the Royal Academy of Rouen and engraved by Le Bas. The plates represent "The Arrival of the King in the Havre de Grace, whose keys are presented to his Majesty, at his entrance, by the Duke of Saint-Aignan, governor, at the head of the Magistrates"; "The Carenne of a ship in the Basin of the Havre in the presence of the King"; "The King, on the balcony of the Cazernes of the Navy of the Havre, seeing the execution of different maneuvers and a joust"; "The illumination of the Grand Rue of the City of Le Havre de Grâce and of a ship placed at the entrance of the port to complete the perspective"; "The King on the Beach of the Rade of Le Havre, seeing three ships launched into the sea and representing a naval combat"; "The King on the High of Ingouville, from where his Majesty observes the beautiful point-of-view of the city of Le Havre de Grâce".

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