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Receuil, des plus beaux portails de plusieures eglises de Paris.[Paris], Jacques van Merle, 1660. Series of 11 (of 12) engraved prints, including the title-print, showing elevations and plans of 17th-century Parisian baroque churches, portals and altars, some naming the architects Mansart, Brosse and Le Mercier. With: (2) MAROT, Jean. [Recueil de plusieurs portes des principaux hostels et maisons de la ville de Paris ensemble le retable des plus considerables autels des eglises].[Paris, Pierre Mariette II, ca. 1660/65]. Series of 19 (of 20) etched prints showing portals of numerous Paris churches and civic buildings. (3) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Retables dautels a lItaliene inventes et graves par Jean Potre ...Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1660/65]. Complete series of 6 etched prints, including title-print, showing richly decorated altars, some with a plan at the foot. (4) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Porte cochere, inventée et gravée par J. Le Potre ...Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1657/59?]. Complete series of 6 etched prints, including the title-print, showing richly decorated portals, each with a plan at the foot. Very rare series. (5) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Cheminees a la moderne inventées et gravéez par Jean le Pautre.Paris, Pierre Mariette II, 1661. Complete series of 6 unnumbered etched prints, including the title-print, showing a hearth with a richly decorated mantelpiece. (6) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Desseins de plaphons inventez et gravez par Le Pautre.Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1660/65?]. Series of 5 (of 6) etched plates, including the title-print, showing a richly decorated ceiling, some with an elaborate painted scene in the central panel. (7) MAROT, Jean. Nouveaux desseins d'Alcoves inventés et gravés par J. Marot.Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1665?]. A complete series of 8 numbered engraved prints, including the title-print, showing alcoves (at least some of them for beds) with richly decorated walls and doorways. Very rare edition. (8) LE PAUTRE, Jean . Chaires de predicateurs nouvellement inventées et gravées par J. Le Pautre.Paris, Pierre Mariette II, 1659. Series of 4 (of 6) etched prints, including the title-print, showing elaborately decorated pulpits, most with the preacher and congregation during the sermon. (9) BOISSEAU, Jean. [Paris buildings].[Paris], Jean Boisseau, [1655?]. Series of 6 (of 14) engraved prints, showing buildings in Paris. (10) PIERRETZ, Antoine. Recherche de plusieurs beaux morceaux d'ornamens antiques et modernes, comme trophées, frises, masques, feuillages, et autres, dessignés et graves par A. Pierretz.Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1657/59?]. Series of 24 (of 25) engraved plates, namely 1-7 (helmets, military insignia), 8-11, 13-14 (decorated borders, friezes), 15-21 (masks), 22-25 (decorated architectural elements) and an extra no. 24 of a geometrical design. Very rare series. (11) FANELLI, Francesco. Varie architeture di Francesco Fanelli Fiorentino scultore del Re della Gran Bretagne.Paris, Jacques van Merle, 1661. A complete series of 21 unnumbered engraved prints, including the title-print. Five prints show grottos with sculpture, all but one including fountains, and the other fifteen show free-standing fountains. 11 series in 1 volume. Small oblong folio (18.5 x 29 cm). Contemporary limp parchment.
Extensive description on request Interesting and important early collection of 11 very rare architectural print series (with a few additional prints from other series bound with them) giving in total 120 engraved and etched plates of churches, other buildings, portals, altars, mantelpieces, ceilings and wall panels, alcoves, pulpits, architectural decorations (including helmets, military insignia, decorated borders, friezes, masks), fountains and grottoes, mainly in Paris and surroundings. The prints are etched and engraved by the best and most famous artists in Paris in the 1650s and 1660s: Jean Le Pautre, Jean Marot ('Le grand Marot'), Pierre Cottart, Jean Boisseau, Antoine Pierretz and Francesco Fanelli. All but Boisseau's were published and printed by the two most famous printers of engravings and etchings: Pierre Mariette II and Jacques van Merle. None of the 11 series is demonstrably later than 1661, though some may be later in the 1660s. The fact that each print series at least generally shows a consistent paper stock and the fact that the endleaves show a watermark contemporary with the latest print series strongly suggests that each series comes from a single impression as published and that they were bound together soon after publication: this is not a collection assembled from separate prints by a collector. It is of the greatest importance for the history of French architecture during the seventeenth century.
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