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(French Louis XIV - Military) Israel Silvestre, Charles Perrault. Course des Testes et de Bague. Paris 1670. $1,500.00

"Course de Baque et Disposition des Quadrilles, dans l'Amphiteatre seconde journee"

An early and intriguing engraving recording one of the most celebrated and spectacular festivals held at Versailles by the young Louis XIV.  The multi-day tournament took place in front of the Tuileries, in a huge area today known as the Place de Carrousel. Groups of costumed noblemen representing "Romans" (lead by the French King), "Persians," "Turks," "Indians" and "Americans" participated in games of skill. This engraving was included as an illustration to a scarce work titled, Courses de Testes et de Bague Faites, written by Charles Perrault (French 1628-1703) Assistant Secretary and Advisor in matters relating to Arts and Sciences, Controller General of the Department of Public Works. The book contained engravings on double page plates and was created in 1670.  This engraving shows the race ring and layout of the Quadrilles in the amphitheatre, drummers, trumpeters, pages, horses, footmen, knights, squires and was drawn and engraved by Israel Silvestre the renown French draftsman, etcher and print dealer who specialized in topographical views and perspectives of famous buildings.
A fantastic large engraving full of movement and detail in excellent original condition.

Copperplate engraving uncolored as issued.
Large folio measuring 22 1/2  x 33 1/4 inches sheet.
Excellent original condition.