Le Musée Français.
Large folio (570 x 320 mm). 4 vols. With 4 engr. title vignettes, 8 engravings in the text, and 344 engr. plates. (And:) Laurent, H., Musée Royal. Paris, Didot, 1816-1818. 2 vols. With engr. title vignette, 4 engravings in the text, and 161 engr. plates. (4), 28 pp. 113; 85 ff. A total of 6 vols. in contemp. dark-green morocco, sumptuously gilt, with giltstamped coat of arms on covers.
First edition; the best documentation of the famous Louvre's holdings and collections, here complete with all illustrations. A splendid copy including all the supplements, uniformly bound in gilt green period morocco for Charles Ferdinand d'Artois, duc de Berry (1778-1820) and his wife Marie-Caroline of Naples and Sicily (1798-1870), with their marriage arms (1816); their "Bibliothèque de Rosny" bookplate is on the pastedown.
A few plates misbound; occasional staining. Published in only 600 copies, "Musée Français" was dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte. The supplement, published after the Emperor's abdication, was dedicated to the King.
A magnificent set of this great work in perfect state of preservation and from a noble library.
Cohen/R. 743. Vicaire V, 1229.