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Courses de Testes et de Bague Faittes Par Le Roy, et par Les Princes et Seigneurs de sa Cour, En l'Année 1662.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



A Paris: De l'Imprimerie Royale, 1670.

Physical Description

[vi], 8 p., 9-67 f. (incl. pl.), 65-104 p., engr. t.-pl.; 565 mm. (Broadsheet).

General Note

The folios 9-67 carry both plates and text. The sequence includes 29 leaves carrying single plates with printed text; one double plate with printed text; ten leaves carrying five or more small plates (coats-of-arms &c.); eight double plates (some carrying engraved captions). Page 72 is misnumbered as 74.


[Half-t., t.-pl., dedic.] - Courses De Testes Et De Bague - Marche Des Cinq Quadrilles - Courses De Testes - Courses De Bague - [Colophon] - Circus Regius Sive Pompa Equestris ... Carmen Heroicum; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

Carolus Perrault is named as the author of the French text on the title-page of the Latin translation. The author of the poem, 'Circus Regius', was Valentin Esprit Flechier.

Most plates are unsigned. But some double plates are signed as drawn and engraved by Israel Silvestre; and several single plates, headpieces and initials are signed as drawn and engraved by F. Chauveau. The title-plate is signed as engraved by Aegid. Rousselet.

Both colophons state that the work was printed under the direction of Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy.

The work is dedicated by Perrault to the Dauphin.


A. Adams, S. Rawles and A. Saunders, A Bibliography Of French Emblem Books (2 v., 1999-2002), no. F.472.

Summary Note

An earlier publication-date of 1664 is carried by two of the double plates.

In 1670 a Latin translation of this work, by Flechier, entitled Festiva Ad Capita Annulumque Decursio, was also published by the Imprimerie Royale - using the same plates but with Latin captions instead of French ones.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

17th-century red morocco; gilt-stamped borders and royal arms of France on upper and lower covers; gilt-decorated spine, lettered 'Cours De Teste Et De Bague'.

Name as Subject


Sports - Pageants - Costume - Dress - Tournaments - Martial arts - Devices (symbols) - France - History - 17th century
Rulers - Monarchs - Publicizing - Public relations - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - Armorial bindings - France - 17th century