Lot n° 102
10 000 - 12 000 EUR
SERGEANT-MARCEAU (Antoine-François Sergent,...
SERGEANT-MARCEAU (Antoine-François Sergent, says). Tables of the revolutions of Paris, since July 1789. Sold in Paris, by the author (printed, under the direction of M. Clousier, the king's printer, by the Enfans-Auveugles, in their house of institution), 1789. In-4, 16 pp. 16, half maroquin with long garnet grain, smooth, threaded and floral back, red paper cardboard dishes framed by a fine golden frieze (bound around 1820), volume placed in a modern bordered case. Original edition, printed on strong vellum paper from Annonay. First delivery, the only one published, dedicated to the Society of the Revolution in London. It was printed by the printing house directed by Jacques-Gabriel Clousier and which was part of the Institution for Blind Children founded by Valentin Haüy (whose portrait was also engraved by Sergent-Marceau). Illustrated report devoted to the insurrectionary days of July 12 and 13, 1789. Very beautiful illustration engraved in colors, with etching enhanced with aquatint, i. e. 4 "paintings" including the first 2 in print before the letter: The Royal German, commanded by the Prince of Lambesc, charged the crowd demonstrating in the Tuileries against Necker's dismissal on July 12, 1789. - A group of rioters in the evening of that day. - "The French Guards repelled a Royal German detachment commanded by the Prince of Lambesc, rue basse du Rampart on the night of Sunday, July 12, 1789" (engraved legend). - "The Duke of Le Châtelet wishing to pass the ferry in front of the Invalides was pursued by the people, and saved from his hands by French Guards, on Monday 13 July 1789" (engraved legend). Extremely rare work: the Bnf, like the Carnavalet Museum, only has the 4 plates alone without the printed text, in the same condition as here. A committed engraver and Jacobin artist, Antoine-François Sergent (1751-847) studied his art with Augustin de Saint-Aubin, and made a name for himself for his colour prints. When the Revolution came, he became actively involved in political life, became secretary of the Jacobin Society, and was elected to the Convention. He was particularly notable for his work on the Committee on Arts and Public Education, for example bringing Marly's horses to Le Tuileries, helping to found the French Museum, or, during a mission to Chartres, protecting the cathedral's sculptures from vandalism. Arrested after the antijacobin coup d'état in Prairial, he went into exile in Switzerland for a time. That same year, he married General Marceau's sister, who also practiced engraving, and then added his famous name to his own. Very hostile to the regime that emerged from the 18 Brumaire, he was still in exile from 1800 to 1811, having been expelled from France after the attack on Saint-Nicaise Street, and lived sparsely in Italy. Louis-Philippe I, whom he had known at the Jacobin Club, granted him a pension from 1830. Copy of the author enriched with 2 pieces: the leaflet of the book (printed on 2 ff. in-4 of blue-grey paper, bound at the top). - An advertising card engraved on copper, "Sergeant, Me printer intaglio, from the Bureau de la Guerre, & des fortifications, remains on St-Jacques Street at the corner of the Plaster Street. À Paris" (print on one f. in-8 mounted on another f., in-4, also bound at the top). Sergent-Marceau wrote an autobiographical note in his hand, around 1819, on one of the lower guards, in which he attributed the interruption of the publication to the weight of his political responsibilities. Prestigious provenance: Baron Jérôme Pichon (after Cohen and Rahir, a volume that was not included in the catalogue of the first auction of his books in 1869). - The famous Egyptologist George Herbert, Count Carnarvon, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun (London, first part of the auction of his books, 1893, No. 52). - Louis Lebeuf de Montgermont (Paris, first part of the auction of his books, 1911, n° 199). - The bookseller and bibliographer Édouard Rahir (leather ex-libris on the upper counterplate, n° 916 of the catalogue of the third part of the auction of his books, Paris, 1935). Cohen and Seymour de Ricci, col. 952, copy cited, Portalis and Béraldi, t. III, p. 544 n° 15, unknown to Quérard, Tourneux, t. I, pp. 59-60, n° 289 and 290, with erroneous mention of 5 plates (because 2 of the subjects mentioned are only one), copy cited
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