Paris: Jean-Baptiste Coignard, 1732.
First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good. Item #034597
2 volumes: Volume 1 (1732) 832pp, xciii , vol 2 (1760) 122pp in two parts. 13 plates plus plates of the author and a frontis. 12 plates of medallions (49 medallions) in the first volume and 16 plates (the first 12 identical) in volume 2 (1760). The latter volume also has the frontis. Front hinge splitting on vol I but still firmly attached by all cords, boards more or less detached but present on the second volume. Original full calf, light chipping to spine on vol 1, heavy and spine strip loose on 2. Heavy edgewear, both volumes with armorial bookplates of M. Titon de Villotran (Titon de Tillet's great nephew) and the second with that of "General J. Doreau". The first volume has scattered light stains and marks, but is generally VG at least internally. Corrigé par l'auteur on half title with a dozen or so manuscript corrections in margins to text. There are also a few marginal additions typed and added on paper at margins as well as a few marginal repairs. The second volume shows moderate foxing, heavy to title and frontis, but generally clean. A scarce copy of a book important to French culture, and a lovely production.
There were three supplements to the 1732 work, in 1743, 1755, and 1760 (as luminaries either died or gave up their art), an initial abbreviated volume (Description du Parnasse François) was published in 1727 in 12mo. **************
Titon du Tillet originally conceived of this project as an immense sculpture garden honoring the great poets, musicians and artists of Louis XIV's reign. The estimated cost of over 2 million livres forced him to terminate the project and commence this more manageable monument in print. Size: Folio. 2-volume set (complete). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; Architecture. Inventory No: 034597.