Représentation Des Fêtes Données Par La Ville De Strasbourg Pour la Convalescence du Roi; à l'arrivée et pendant le séjour de Sa Majesté en cette Ville. Inventé, Dessiné et dirigé par J.M. Weis, Graveur de la Ville de Strasbourg.

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Variant Title

Description Des Fêtes Données


Imprimé par Laurent Aubert, à Paris.: (1744.)

Physical Description

20 p. (engr.), engr., engr. port., 11 dble pl.: illus.; 598 mm. (Broadsheet.)

General Note

The engraved title-plate is printed on two leaves pasted together.


[Engr., engr. port.] - [Plates] - [Engr. text, 'Description Des Fêtes Données ...'].

Responsibility Note

The engraved portrait is signed as painted by C. Parrocel, the head by J. Chevallier after a bust by J.B. le Moine, and engraved by J.G. Will. The plates are all signed as designed, drawn and directed by J.M. Weis, and as engraved by J. Ph. Le Bas (apart from pl. 1, signed as engraved by M. Marvye, and pl. 10, signed as engraved by 'l'Auteur').

The headpiece and tailpiece of the engraved text are signed as designed and drawn by J.M. Weis and as engraved by Marvye. The borders of the text are signed on pp. 11, 12, as made by Babel. The engraved title-plate is signed as scripted by Le Parmentier and engraved by M. Marvic; the engraved portrait is also signed as scripted by Le Parmentier.


Bibliothèque Nationale, Inventaire Du Fonds Français Après 1800, vol. 13 (1974), ed. Y. Sjöberg, nos. 29-39, p.104-7.

A general survey of European pageantry was B. Holme, Princely feasts and festivals: five centuries of pageantry and spectacle (1988).

Summary Note

No publication-date is given on the title-plate. Several plates are captioned as representations of Louis XV's visit to Strasbourg in October 1744.

The plates and text describe the procession, arches, stages, decorations, pageants, jousts and fireworks marking the visit of Louis XV to the city, including a striking representation of an illuminated Strasbourg cathedral (pl. 7).


The front pastedown carries the armorial book-plate of 'Sr. Charles Frederick Surveyor General of the Ordnance'. The verso of the front free endpaper carries the book-plate of 'Iohannes Phillip R.A.' Purchased for RA Library in 1873 (see 'List of Books Purchased', RA Annual Report for 1873, Appendix No. 5, p. 37).

Binding Note

Rebound in full calf by Robert Paling (1998), gilt-tooled in period style with red morocco spine-label lettered 'Fêtes De Strasbourg'.

Name as Subject


Processions - Ceremonies - Pageants - Celebrations - Fireworks - France - Alsace - Strasbourg - History - 18th century
Triumphal arches - Temporary structures - Cathedrals - Public buildings - Streets - France - Alsace - Strasbourg - 18th century - Rococo
Rulers - Monarchs - Publicizing - Public relations - France - Alsace - Strasbourg - 18th century
Views - France - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century


Johann Martin Weis, source artist, draughtsman, engraver
Martin Marvie, engraver
Jacques Philippe Le Bas, engraver
Charles Parrocel, source artist
J. Chevallier, draughtsman
Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, source artist
Pierre Edmé Babel, draughtsman, engraver
Johann Georg Wille, engraver
Le Parmentier, draughtsman
Sir Charles Frederick, previous owner
John Phillip RA, previous owner
Laurent Aubert, printer

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