Nouvelle Description des Chateaux et Parcs de Versailles et de Marly: Contenant Une Explication Historique de Toutes les Peintures, Tableaux, Statues, Vases & Ornemens Qui s'y Voient; leurs Dimensions; & les Noms des Peintres, des Sculpteurs & des Graveurs Qui les Ont Faits
by Piganiol de la Force, Jean Aimar
1730. 2 vols. (xxi), 288, (iv), 359 pp. thorough description of the royal palaces, their layout, exterior and interior decoration, gardens and parks with their fountains, and works of art, index of artists with biographical data, general index, 14 fine engraved plates (all foldouts) showing plans, elevations, and views including a large view of the huge hydraulic engine built in 1682 at the now destroyed Marly to supply water to the fountains at the palaces. Some marginal staining to first few pages of second volume, one plate torn, otherwise a fine copy. Sm. 8vo. Full cont. calf, raised spine, gilt details, slightly rubbed. Paris (Delaulne) 1730. Sixth, enlarged ed. This enlarged edition of the famous work includes a description and engraved plan and elevation of the chapel at Versailles, completed in 1710, as well as a detailed description of a painting by Oudry for Marly commissioned by the king in 1728. (Inventory #: 24716)
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