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Calligraphic manuscript:

Précis historique de la Marine Royale de France, depuis le commencement de la monarchie jusques a nos jours. Par M. Poncet de la Grave, Procureur-General de la Admirauté de France.

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Paris, 1776

An exceptional presentation & association manuscript, bound for and with manuscript dedication to King Louis XVI from the author, with the arms of Marie-Antoinette on the doublures indicating that the book was subsequently presented directly from the King to her.

This beautiful manuscript, specially prepared for presentation to the King and comprising 394 pages of text followed by 22 pages explaining the marine terms used throughout, was presumably written and decorated by the eminent XVIII century French calligrapher J. Foyt. Foyt prepared another manuscript for the dedicatee, De Sartine, which was similarly produced in imitation of a printed book. That copy was bound in red morocco by Derome, and was later found in the Nicolas Yemeniz and Cortland Bishop collections

Guillaume Poncet de la Grave (1725 – 1803) was a French historian and the King's attorney at France's Senior Admiralty Court.

The text, a history of the French Navy from its inception

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8vo (16.7 x 10.8 cm). Calligraphic manuscript on paper in the style of a printed book. pp. [10], v, [3], 394, xxii, [10], signed at end of the Dedication to the King, 'Poncet delagrave,' all leaves ruled in brown and red inks, one full-page portrait and one half-page medallion portrait, several elaborate head-pieces, tail-pieces, initials and ornaments, ms. slip to page 206 bearing a maritime subject drawn by pen overlaying a medallion representing Louis XVI with the inscription 'Lud. Mag. Religionis Assertor et Vindex'; original green morocco, gilt-stamped arms of Louis XVI on covers, red morocco doublures with gilt-stamped arms of Marie-Antoinette, flat spine decorated all over with gilt-stamped anchor ornaments, red morocco lettering label, gilt-filetted board edges, pink watered silk linings, all edges gilt, housed in later green morocco pull-off case.


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