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PICART, Bernard.
Premier des magnifiques carosses de Monseigneur de le duc d'Ossuna, ambassadeur extraordinaire et premier plenipotentiaire de Sa Majesté Catholique Philippe: V. pour la paix faits pour l'entreé publique de son Excellence a Utrecht MDCCXIII.Amsterdam, Bernard Picart, 1714. Folio. Series of 7 engraved plates (including title-page and 1 double-page). 19th-century gold-tooled green morocco, richly gold-tooled spine and turn-ins, gilt edges; bound by Durvand Thivet.
Rare first and only edition of a series of prints illustrating the ornate sculptural coach used for the entry of the Duke of Osuna into the Dutch city of Utrecht in 1713, and a title-page decorated in the same style. The sixth 6th Duke of Osuna, Francisco de Paula Téllez-Girón y Benavides (1678-1716), visited Utrecht as the Spanish delegate for the peace negotiations that resulted in the Treaty of Utrecht, which helped end the War of the Spanish Succession. The Duke is known to have given several extravagant feasts during his stay of two years. The carriage has a so-called "Boulle" floor, which was also used for John V of Portugal's coach used during the parade in Lisbon of about 1715.From the library of the notable theatre decorator and interior designer Polycarpe Charles Séchan (1803-1874), with his small red library stamp on each of the seven plates. The top 5 mm of six plates very subtly strengthened and one on the fore-edge, and some spots throughout, otherwise in very good condition. Binding with some faint traces of wear along the hinges, but otherwise fine.l Collection Séchan 152 (this copy); Berlin Kat. 1411; Huth, p. 28; Muller, Historieplaten 3516.
Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830) [Netherlands]
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