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Description Des Festes Données Par la Ville De Paris, A l'occasion du Mariage de Madame Louise-Elisabeth De France, & de Dom Philippe, Infant & Grand Amiral d'Espagne, les vingt-neuviéme & trentiéme Août mil sept cent trente-neuf.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



A Paris,: De l'Imprimerie de P.G. Le Mercier, Imprimeur-Libraire ordinaire de la Ville, rue Saint Jacques, au Livre d'Or., M.DCC.XL. Avec Privilege Du Roy.

Physical Description

[ii], 22 p., 13 pl. (8 dble.): [2] illus.; 625 mm. (Folio.)

General Note

Seven plates are unnumbered - pl. [2, 3, 5-7, 10, 11]. The eight double pl. are nos. 1, [2], 8-13. Plate 4 has been bound in as a frontispiece. The two illus. are a t.p. vignette and headpiece at the head of the text.


[Frontis., t.p.] - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed as drawn and engraved by J.F. Blondel. Most carry also the name of a designer - Salley (pl. 1, 2, 6-9, 12, 13), Gabriel (pl. 3, 4), Servandony (pl.5) or Rousset (pl. 10, 11).

The title-page vignette is signed as drawn by Edm. Bouchardon and engraved by Soubeyran; the headpiece is signed as drawn and engraved by Jac. Rigaud.

Summary Note

The plates are a record of the celebrations mounted in Paris on the occasion of the marriage of Louise Elisabeth, daughter of King Louis XV of France, and Filippo, Duke of Parma and son of King Philip V of Spain. (The marriage itself took place in Spain, at Alcala de Henares, on 25 October 1739.) The plates show: 1. Plan of the Seine; 2. Plan and elevation of a Temple of Hymen on Pont-Neuf; 3 & 4. Plan, profile and elevation of the throne; 5. Plan and elevation of the Salon de Musique; 6 & 7. Boats decorated with lanterns; 8. Plan and elevation of the Louvre terrace, showing tents; 9. Fireworks on the Seine; 10-13. Plans and sections of the Hôtel-de-Ville, showing the courtyard illuminated for the ball.


Purchased in 1868 (see 'Report on the Library', RA Annual Report for 1868, Appendix No. 6, p. 32).

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Description Des Festes'.

Name as Subject


Weddings - Festivals - Fetes - Celebrations - France - Paris - History - 18th century
Plans - Elevations - Sections - Views - France - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century


Pierre-Gilles Le Mercier, printer, publisher, bookseller
Jean-François Blondel, draughtsman, engraver
Salley, source artist
Jacques Gabriel, source artist
Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, source artist
Rousset, source artist
Edme Bouchardon, draughtsman
Pierre Soubeyran, engraver
Jacques Rigaud, draughtsman, engraver

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