Les Curiositez de Paris, by SAUGRAIN, Claude Marin

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SAUGRAIN, Claude Marin

Les Curiositez de Paris, de Versailles, de Marly, de Vincennes, des. Cloud, et des Environs. Avec les Antiquitez justesd & précises sur chaque sujet. Et les Adresses pour trouver facilement tout ce que ces Lieux renferment d’agréable & d’utile. Ouvrage enrichi d’un grand nombre de Figures en Taille-Douce. Par M. L.R. Nouvelle Edition. Revûë, corrigée & augmentée. Tome Premier [-Second]. Paris, Saugrain, 1733

New Edition. Two volumes, 12mo (162 x 88 mm), engraved frontispiece and pp. viii, 452, [5]; [ii], 384, [12], half-title to the first volume only, with a further 29 plates, 18 of which are folding, in contemporary calf, a very tatty copy with one cover completely loose and the other just holding, poorly rebacked, later labels (3 of 4), spines and boards damaged.

A reference copy only of this wonderfully illustrated guide to the most beautiful sites in Paris, with particular attention to the gardens of the grand palaces. This comprehensive guide is usually attributed to the editor and publisher, Claude Marin Saugrain. The present 1733 edition contains additional material by Georges Louis Le Rouge, who was granted the title of official geographer to Louis XV. Although this really is a copy that has been much used, it has value both for its entertaining text - famous descriptions of the courtships common to teh cafés of Montmartre, encouraged by the sale of wine - and for its 30 stunning engraved plates (18 of which are folding) after Perelle and Israël Silvestre. A popular travel guide, there were numerous editions throughout the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth.

See Lacombe 906.

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