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Gartten-Parterres. Augsburg, Jeremias Wolff, [1690/1703]. With a title-print followed by 12 garden plans, numbered 1-13. With: (2) SAENGER, Johann J. Vorstellung einiger modernen Gebäude zum Pracht, zum Zierde und zur Bequemlichkeit eingerichtet.Neurenberg, Johann Christoph Weigel, [ca. 1700/1725]. With a title-print followed by 15 elevations and plans of contemporary stately residences, all but the title-print lettered a-i, k-p. (3) CHEREAU, Jacques. [Elevations and plans of pipe organs in 3 Paris churches and of pipe organs by Feillet].Paris, Jacques Chereau, [ca. 1700/50]. With 16 finely engraved elevations and plans of pipe organs, numbered 1-16. 3 works in 1 volume. Oblong small 1mo (ad 1) & large folio (ad 2-3). Early 19th-century half red roan (sheepskin), Stormont on shell marbled sides.
Ad 1: Berlin Kat. 3321; WorldCat (4 copies); not in BAL; ad 2: Berlin Kat. 1997; WorldCat (9 copies incl. 1 incomplete); not in BAL; Bauer, Christoph Weigel; ad 3: Cat'zArts (www.beauxartsparis.fr/ow2/catzarts) (individual prints); not in BAL; Berlin Kat.; WorldCat; for Jacques Chereau: Thieme-Becker VI, pp. 461-462. Fine collection of 3 rare series of architectural prints, the third series (showing elevations and plans of existing and newly designed pipe organs) is especially rare. The first series, with 12 large plans of classical gardens, is dedicated to the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Hungary, Joseph I in Vienna. Its title-print includes a beautiful bird's eye view of a palace and its gardens. The title describes the designer of the garden plans, Georg Hätzl, as Royal art and pleasure gardener at Schönbrünn, near Vienna. The title-plate was engraved by Jakob Müller (ca. 1670-1703) in Augsburg. The palace does not appear to be either Schönbrunn or Hofburg.The second print series shows a splendid arch with columns and sculpture, bearing the title on a large rectangular panel and the imprint on a scrollwork cartouche. It is followed by 15 beautiful elevations and plans of Royal summer houses and gardens, Princely country houses and gardens, large garden halls, etc., and includes a splendid Royal building that could be used as a Town Hall or Court House as well. The extremely rare third print series shows 16 elevations and plans of pipe organs in their architectural context. It was sold and presumably engraved by the copperplate engraver Jacques Chereau (1688-1776) in Paris. The name "Chereau" appears with the address ("Paris ... ruë St. Jacques au Grand St. Remy") on plates 2 and 11, and other engravings with the same address identify him as Jacques. Each print has a title engraved on the plate, but there is no general title. The series includes a plan and two elevations of the large and richly decorated organ of the Abbaye de St. Victor, a plan and two elevations of the organ of the Church of St. Geneviève, and a plan and two elevations of the richly decorated organ of the Abbaye de Saint Germain-des-Prés, all at Paris, and 7 plans and elevations of pipe organs drawn by a certain "Feillet", whom we have not identified.With a bookplate on the front paste-down indicating that the book came from the library of the late Isaac La Lau and was given by his son to the society "Mathesis Scientiarum Genitrix" in Leiden, and with the society's label on the front board. In very good condition and with generous margins, with only an occasional minor stain or fold. Binding slightly rubbed. The prints in the second series are bound out of order.
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