Lot n° 90
14 000 - 15 000 EUR
VALGAY QUOTAS (Anne-Pierre-Jacques). New...
VALGAY QUOTAS (Anne-Pierre-Jacques). New research on the origin and destination of the pyramids of Egypt. Paris, 1812. Printed by Charles. And is located at Treuttel and Würtz. In-8, (2 including the second white one)-iv-130-151-(1 white) pp.., red long grain morocco, smooth threaded back decorated with golden palmettes and, in the tail, with a seedling of golden stars, flat dishes decorated with a golden decoration with palmettes in between with corner irons with owls and bees in spandrels, wavy net on the cups and golden chain adorning the hunts, blue paper guards, golden edges (bound by Doll), volume preserved in an elegant modern red cardboard case. Original edition. A folding plate engraved on copper without text. Esoteric tradition of Cagliostro. When the Description of Egypt had begun to appear, founding modern Egyptology, Devismes Du Falgay affirms here that the pyramids are of a design and realization too vast to be in the hands of man. He hypothesizes that they are the work of "degraded spirits", "rebels" to God, who operated by supernatural means, and says he relies on what Cagliostro told him in July 1785. At the end of the book is printed another essay of the same Devism on the inevitable end of the globe, announced according to him by astronomers' calculations and Bible prophecies confirmed by the Fathers of the Church. A Freemason musician and writer, Anne-Pierre-Jacques de Vismes du Valgay (1745-1819) - who gave his name a common form during the Revolution - was first deputy director of the farms, but soon devoted himself to his passion for music: he published a treatise on composition and accompaniment (1767), an essay on music as a universal language (1806), and was twice director of the Opéra (1778-1780, 1799-1800). He also published philosophical works and was a member of the Parisian Lodge Le Contrat social. He was the brother of Adélaïde-Suzanne de Vismes, Marie-Antoinette's bed-ridden wife, who had married the general farmer and music theorist Jean-Benjamin de La Borde, the king's valet. Beautiful binding from the time signed by Jean-Frédéric Doll (label on the upper counterplate, engraved on copper at his Parisian address at 16 rue Mazarine). Probably an apprentice at Bozerian's, he practiced in Paris from about 1796-1798 to about 1830, and worked for Napoleon I and Queen Marie-Amélie. Provenance: Léon Gruel library (ex-libris thumbnail on the first counterplate with n° 564 manuscript). "A great collector and a fine connoisseur of antique books, he owned one of the most beautiful collections of bindings in Paris, from the origins to the 18th century included" ( Julien Fléty).
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