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Description de Paris - PIGANIOL DE LA FORCE Jean Aimar - 1730. 
1730 - PIGANIOL DE LA FORCE, Jean Aimar. Description de Paris, de Versailles, de Marly, de Meudon, de S. Cloud, de Fontainebleau, et de toutes les autres belles Maisons & Châteaux des Environs de Paris. Paris: Veuve Delaulne; Theodore Legras, 1730; 1742. Eight volumes. Thick 12mo, contemporary full brown mottled calf, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, dark red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. $3200.Mixed printings of this "Nouvelle Edition" of Piganiol de la Force's illustrated guide to Paris and the famous estates on its outskirts, with engraved frontispiece in Volume I and 63 fold-out maps, views and architectural illustrations throughout."By the mid-18th century, interior decoration had become what we think of as a field. For the first time, objects were valued not as dazzling showstoppers, but for their ability to work in a context and thereby to make a room into both a personal statement and a place that enhanced and facilitated daily life". The new field also gave official recognition to the fact that French craftsmen and designers were establishing the first industry of the decorative arts". This idea was fully developed in the Paris guides, especially those of Piganiol de la Force, who took his readers on room-by-room virtual tours of the most notable French residences" (Joan E. DeJean). Piganiol de la Force was a gentleman, "a keen and able antiquary," employed as a tutor by the Count of Toulouse (Reginald Blomfield). He devoted much his time to the study of history and topography and wrote a series of detailed "guidebooks," beginning with a description of France, then descriptions of Versailles and Marly, an itinerary of France, and finally this eight-volume work on Paris and its environs, first published in 1730. Volume I of this set is dated 1730, the remaining volumes are from the later 1742 printing. Text in French. Brunet IV, 652, note. Lewine, 416 (1742 edition). Evidence of bookplate removal.Texts very clean, with only an occasional stray spot of foxing, expert repairs to two folding plates, faint dampstain to first and last gatherings of Volume I, page 39 of Volume V excised, rubbing to spine ends of contemporary calf, outer front hinges of three volumes just starting. A lovely set. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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