Auction 121, Lot 867

"La Science de la Jeune Noblesse", Duchesne, Jean-Baptiste

Subject: Geography Books

Period: 1729 (published)


Color: Black & White

4 x 7 inches
10.2 x 17.8 cm

This charming book describes the geography, history and chronology of France, Rome and Christendom. This example has three volumes bound together and includes seven beautifully engraved, foldout maps of France, the world and the continents. Each map measures approximately 8 x 5". The map of L'Amerique Septentrionale shows California as an island, and L'Asie has an interesting configuration of southeastern Asia. Fifteen additional engravings show the various coats of arms and other royal insignias. A professor of Philosophy in Rheims, Jean-Baptiste Duchesne (1682-1755) was a tutor for the children of King Philippe V of Spain. 480 pages. Complete. 18mo. Original hardbound in brown leather with gilt decorative title on spine.


Condition: B+

Contents are good with some minor soiling throughout. Maps very good to fine with fine impressions printed on thick paper. The world map has a repaired fold. Two diagrams showing genealogy have had some significant damage repaired with some text in facsimile. Covers are rubbed, scuffed and bumped. Spine is worn, mostly at extremities with evidence of insect damage at lower portion of spine. Binding is sound.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/26/2007