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Lot 82: LE GOBIEN, CHARLES. HISTOIRE DE L'EDIT DE L'EMPEREUR DE LA CHINE, PARIS, 1698, RED MOROCCO WITH ARMS OF MME DE MAINTENON
China in print and on paper, including the Library of Bernard Hanotiau and the Floyd Sully Collection
November 7, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: FIRST EDITION, 12mo (167 x 87mm.), woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, CONTEMPORARY PARISIAN RED MOROCCO GILT, WITH ARMS OF LA MARQUISE DE MAINTENON in gilt [cf. Olivier 1837 fer 8bis], spine gilt in compartments with the stamp of a lion rampant in each compartment, edges marbled and gilt
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate
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Provenance: Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon (1635-1719, second wife of Louis XIV), arms on binding; "Bibliothèque de la Maison Roiale de St Louis à S. Cir", bookplate (the Maison de Saint-Cyr was founded by Louis XIV, at his wife's request, as a school for impoverished girls from noble families; it was closed in 1793).
Literature: Carayon 1043; Cordier, Sinica 836; Löwendahl 227; Lust 822; Western Travellers in China 32