Paris: J. Couche et Bouilliard, 1786.
First edition. Atlas folio (19 3/4"). Illustrated with 111 excellent copper-engravings (including title and dedication pages). Each of the plates with the image in the upper half and explanatory material below, all surrounded by a small decorative border. Bound in full dark green morocco with colorful marbled endpapers, a.e.g., the spine with gilt tittles and elaborate decoration in the panels, including flowers, acorn and scroll work between the raised bands, the covers with decorative borders which include garlands and stars, dentelles, and ruled board edges. The plates quite brilliant, only a few with minor foxing in the margins. the covers have some rubbing, but still retain their elegance. Housed in a brown leather pull-off case with red spine label gilt. The case is worn and not attractive, but purposeful. Item #20571
This work was continued through 1808 and expanded to a total of 355 plates. When copies of this rare book appear on the market, they tend to have differing plate counts. Our copy contains 109 plates plus the title and dedication pages.
"The Palais Royal Gallery was dispersed during the French Revolution and the paintings sold in England." (Lewine p. 121).
Cohen-De Ricci, p. 259.