A Paris, de l’Imprimerie Royale, 1670.
Large folio [560 x 405 mm], (4) ff., 43 pp., (1) bl.l., (1) l., 47 pp., (1) p., 8 double-page plates. Bound in contemporary red morocco, wide gilt border on covers, arms gilt-stamped in the center, spine ribbed and decorated with the crowned monogram, inner gilt border, edges gilt.
First state of this wonderful collection of engravings executed on the order of louis XIV in order to celebrate his glory. Brunet, II, 727 ; Lipperheide, 3757 ; Catalogue de la Bibliothèque Pichon, 473.
In 1663, the academy recently started by Colbert was made responsible for choosing the emblems that would be represented on the tapestries ordered by the king for his apartments.
The present volume contains 3 frontispieces engraved by Bailly and Sébastien Le Clerc, 8 large plates after Le Brun, engraved by Sébastien Le clerc and Goyton, 10 fleurons and tailpieces by Sébastien Le Clerc and Bailly and 32 figures of emblems with French verses by Perrault, Chapelain, Charpentier, … at the bottom of the plate.
A magnificent copy illustrated with the tapestries ordered by the king Louis XIV for his apartments of Versailles, contemporary bound in red morocco with his arms and monogram.