Ceremonies pratiquees au sacre et covronnement des roys de France. Tant pour les Prieres que l'on y fait, que pour le rang des Pairs Officiers de la Couronne, & autres Seigneurs
by CORONATION - LOUIS XIV
Paris: chez Pierre David, 1654. 12mo (139 x 79 mm). Collation: a6 A-K6 (K6 blank, preserved). , 117,  pp. Sheet A3-4 misfolded (thus pages 5-8 out of order). A few woodcut initials. Contemporary parchment over flexible pasteboards, angled thonged endband ties at head and tail of joints; old manuscript title and date on spine. Slight creasing to corners at end, minor rodent damage to foot of lower cover and spine, lower pastedown torn. Provenance: Hippolyte de la Grimaudière, with his armorial bookplate (ca. 1900) of the Bibliothèque de La Hamonais and shelfmark label, the bookplate covering an earlier signature.***Only edition of a popularized manual of protocol for the coronations of French kings, published on the eve of a not unimportant coronation: the achevé d'imprimer at end is dated 11 April 1654, less than two months before the magnificent Sacre and couronnement of Louis XIV, to whom the work is dedicated. The anonymous compiler (possibly the printer and bookseller Pierre David, who signed the preface) provides a chronological guide to the events, from the arrival of the King, his court and his many accoutrements in Reims, to his departure from that city for the traditional pilgrimage to the church of Saint Marcoul in Corbény (near Laon), where the Saint granted each King the power to heal scrofula. Precise details of costume, accessories, and disposition of ecclesiastical furniture, the lists of attending officials, of saints invoked, and transcriptions of innumerable Latin prayers, permitted onlookers in possession of this pocket-sized handbook, of which few copies survive, to follow the processions, pillow-kneelings, blessings of gloves and sceptres, handings-off of swords, phials and crowns, anointments of various body-parts, final crowning, coin-throwing, acclamations, and festivities en toute connaissance de cause, knowing the whence and the wherefores of every consecrated gesture.A pleasant copy from an aristocratic Breton library (the owner was a member of the Société des Bbibliophiles Bretons). OCLC locates a handful of copies in France, Germany, etc., but none in American libraries. Ruggieri 174. (Inventory #: 2802)
Continental printed books and manuscripts; Renaissance and Baroque literature; Incunables; Illustrated books
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