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Histoire Des Inaugurations Des Rois, Empereurs, Et Autres Souverains De L'Univers; Depuis Leur Origine Jusqu'A Présent. Suivie d'un précis de l'état des Arts & des Sciences sous chaque Regne: des principaux faits, mœurs, coutumes & usages les plus remarquables des François, depuis Pepin jusqu'à Louis XVI. Par M***.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



A Paris,: Chez Moutard, Libraire de la Reine, rue du Hurepoix. -, M. DCC. LXXVI.

Physical Description

xvi, 559, [5] p., 14 pl.; 193 mm. (Octavo.)


[T.p., dedic.] - Préface - [Text, with pl.] - Notes - Table Alphabétique Des Matieres - Errata - Approbation; Privilege Du Roi; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

Lipperheide and Colas cite issues in which the author is named as 'Dom C.J. Bévy'.

The plates are signed as drawn by Mich. Rieg and engraved by Ingouf Junior or Triere.

The printer is named in the colophon: 'De l'Imprimerie de Demonville, rue S. Severin.'

The work is dedicated by '***' to Madame De Fitz-James, Princesse De Chimay.


R. Colas, Bibliographie Générale Du Costume ... (1933 and reprints), no. 320, col. 108-9; Katalog Der Freiherrlich Von Lipperheide'schen Kostümbibliothek (repr.), no. 2479, p.268-9.

Summary Note

The text describes coronation ceremonies in France.

The plates show about eighty French costumes from the 13th to the 18th century. The book also carries head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials.


The front pastedown carries the armorial bookplate of Theod. H. Broadhead. A preliminary leaf is inscribed in ink, 'To Theod: H. Broadhead The gift of J. [or T?] Barnewall', and in pencil 'GJ' (i.e. George Jones, Librarian of the Royal Academy 1834-40 and Keeper 1840-50). It is not clear whether this Broadhead was Theodore Henry Broadhead (1741-1810) (who changed his name to Broadhead from Brinckman), his son Theodore Henry Broadhead, M.P. (1767-1820) or another. Barnewall may be John Thomas Barnewall, baron Trimlestown (1773-1839).

Copy Note

The verso of the front loose endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'Author Bévy (Charles-Joseph)'.

Binding Note

19th-century brown calf, upper and lower covers gilt-stamped with ruled borders having fleur-de-lys motifs at the corners; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Histoire Des Inaugurations', 'RA' and '1776'.


Ceremonies - Coronations - Knights - Kings - Costume - France - History
Pictorial works - France - 18th century