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Description de la Grotte de Versailles [bound with] Labyrinte de Versailles

Description de la Grotte de Versailles [bound with] Labyrinte de Versailles

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Description de la Grotte de Versailles [bound with] Labyrinte de Versailles

by Charles Perrault, Isaac Benserade

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  • Hardcover
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A Paris: De L'Imprimerie Royale, 1679 A fair copy of the 1st edition of the Description de la Grotte de Versailles bound with a very good copy of the 2nd edition of Labyrinte de Versailles, in contemporary elephant folio full leather binding. La Grotte has had 5 of the 20 plates cut out, but Labyrinte is complete. The binding is sound with raised bands and title label to spine. It is very worn, with a lot of wear to corners with leather loss and to spine joints, spine ends and edges. The surface of the boards is a little rough. All page edges red. There is an old bookplate to the front pastedown endpaper - Earl Vane, from the Library of the Rev. John Vane. Contents: 3 blanks; title 1679; blank verso; Description pp 1-11; Imprimerie to verso p 11; plates 13 single and 2 double; title to Labyrinte 1697; blank verso; Description pp 3-34; blank recto with Explication du Plan du Labyrinte to verso; plate 1; fables (quatrains by Isaac Benserade) and plates (Sebastien Leclerc) on opposing pages - 78 pp, 39 plates; table 3 pp with L'Imprimerie to verso final leaf; 4 x final blanks. The binding is 50 cm x 35 cms; the page size in Labyrinte matches that of the Grotte, but the actual text and plate size is 15.8 x 10.2 cm. Contents are in very good clean condition. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.


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Description de la Grotte de Versailles [bound with] Labyrinte de Versailles
Charles Perrault, Isaac Benserade
Sebastien Leclerc, Le Potre
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Used - Fair
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1st Edition
De L'Imprimerie Royale
Place of Publication
A Paris
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Charles Perrault; Versailles; Labyrinth of Versailles; Earl Vane; sebastian leclerc; grotte de versailles
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HISTORY; Gardening and garden design;
Elephant Folio - over 15 - 23" tall

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E C Books is a small online bookselling business, specialising in pre 20th century works:natural history, science, history, and travel, aiming for rarer and more unusual books. Our largest stock area is Natural History, where we have a good range of books from the 1700-1800's, many finely illustrated. Other areas include children's books, particularly late 1800's-early 1900's - again illustrated; and literature pre 1900.When you order books from us we ensure that they are properly packed to protect condition, and we always use recorded or 'signed for' postal services for more secure delivery. Please note that we have recently moved to the beautiful Orkney Islands, where we intend to open a bookshop over the next year. Because of our location we cannot guarantee 'next day' delivery but we will get your purchase to you as quickly and safely as we can.Please note that the buyer is responsible for the payment of any tax or duty on import.


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is a worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, etc....
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...
The page on the right side of a book, with the term Verso used to describe the page on the left side.
Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,...
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
Raised Band(s)
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