Antique Eighteenth Century Armorial French Binding "Le Spectateur" circa 1720

This is a fine, early eighteenth century armorial binding, in-8, (binding of Padeloupe), bearing the coat of arms of L.C.Machault (1667-1750), Seigneur D'Arnouville. The text was published in Amsterdam.

Louis-Charles de Machault, Seigneur d'Arnouville became Conseiller au Grand Conseil in 1691, Maitre des Requetes in 1694, Lieutenant General de Police (Paris) in1718. chief Conseil to the Duchesse d'Orleans in 1720 and First President du Grand Conseil in 1740. His coat of arms are documented in the bibliophile reference of "Olivier Reliures Armoriees" #2153.

The text (Pearce Byron Pope) presents thought on Socrates as the first "modern" man a proceeds to diagnose the difference between the ancient and modern). It shows not only the image made of Socrates but the interpretation of philosophy before Socrates. This is a French translation from the original English text. This is volume number four of the text.

The binding is by Padaloupe, one of the most revered binders of the period. It is of full calf Morocco. The front and back cover boards are accented with a triple filet hand tooled gilt frame. The gilt tooled coat of arms of Marchault are at the centers. The spine has five raised hubs which form compartments entirely filled by hand tooled fleurons, arabesques and circles. The title plate and number plates are in gilt. The pages edges are gilded over marble; the endpapers of marbled paper. The binding edges and turn-ins are have a gilt "roulette".

It measures:6 1/2" x 4" x 1 1/2". It is in very good antique condition, with normal wear to the binding edges. There is little loss to the gilt tooling. There is ancient restoration to the bottom right spine joint, there is a small split in this restoration. There is some spotting to the cover boards as is normal with it's extreme age and use.

This example was part of the Inaugural Exposition of "La Maison de la Bibliophile" in Paris (15th arr.) from November 16 2001 to January 15 2002.

This is a fine armorial example, with important historical provenance in the binding, the coat of arms and text.

Item ID: LC135

$895 USD

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