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Tableaux de la Revolution Francaise ou Collection de Gravures
Paris: 1791-, 1796. Folio, 67 engraved plates, a very good copy in contemporary striking gilt-tooled green straight-grained morocco, spine worn and repaired with some loss to head and tail, hinges split and tender yet holding. Last days of Louis XVI at Versailles. This lavish record of the French Revolution includes a series of 67 fine plates depicting the major events from June 1789 to August 1792.The beautiful historical plates are skilfully engraved by P.G. Berthault from designs by Jean Duplessi-Bertaux, J. L. Prieur, Joseph Swebach and other leading French draftsmen of the late eighteenth century. Plates of interest depict civil unrest on the streets of Paris and the last days of Louis XVI at Versailles. The present offering contains the first 34 fascicles with 67 plates as issued in series (although the last fascicle present here has only one plate). Accordingly, this volume forms the first part of a grand publication exceeding 200 plates. Collation of the total is notoriously difficult owing to the extended printing history of the series and complete sets are uncommon, no doubt because the large number of livraisons were issued over an extended period of time.Although this copy breaks off after the last fascicle present here, it nonetheless represents an important chronological depiction of the turbulent first three years of the Revolution. Furthermore, each of the finely engraved plates is accompanied by descriptive text by Sébastien Roch-Nicolas Chamfort, Claude Fauchet and other writers of the era. A full listing of the plates is available upon request.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
Last Found On: 2014-11-20           Check availability:      Biblio    

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