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Engravings of the four elements, respectively captioned Aqua ; Terra ; Ignis ; and Aer).

Roettiers, François (draughtsman) (and Simonneau, Charles (engraver))

Editorial: (Paris), 1705., 1705
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The Queen Mary of Modena - E.J.Stanley - Earl of Rosebery copy of this exceptionally rare suite of engravings of the Four Elements (Water, Earth, Fire, Air), engraved by the Parisian engraver Charles Simonneau from drawings by François Roettiers (1682-1742), a younger member of the celebrated Roettiers dynasty of coin engravers and medallists from Antwerp in present-day Belgium. Roettiers is described in the dedication inscription on the first plate as ?primus Magnae Britanniae Regis delineator?, i.e. ?Premier Dessinateur? to the youthful King James III, the Stuart heir to the British throne better known as The Old Pretender, then living in exile at Saint-Germain outside Paris. Roettiers?s tenure of this official appointment at James III?s court does not seem to be recorded in the literature, but he had been born in England while his father, Philippe Roettiers, had been employed as one of the die-engravers at the Tower Mint (see Bingen, Les Roettiers, 1952, 21, for François Roettiers?s date of birth), and the fact that the Roettiers family were Catholics made them acceptable to the exiled Stuart dynasty. Roettiers was later to work as a court painter in Munich and at Vienna, where he became director of the Academy of Fine Arts.The present copy is in a contemporary red morocco binding carrying the British royal arms and the gilt initials of Queen Mary of Modena, widow of James II and mother of James III, and as James III was in 1703 still a minor, it is not unreasonable to guess that Mary of Modena had played some role in Roettiers?s appointment as Premier Dessinateur to James III, and that the present volume might have been a resulting present to her from him. Books in red morocco bindings from the library of Mary of Modena are themselves most uncommon and very seldom occur in the book trade.This suite is not listed in the Berlin Catalogue and we have not found it in other obvious works of reference. Oblong small folio. 5 engraved plates, of which the first carries an engraved dedication to King James III and James III?s engraved portrait. Contemporary full red morocco, panelled, gilt, with the British royal arms, gilt, in centre of upper and lower covers, and the gilt initials M(aria) R(egina), for Queen Mary of Modena, repeated in alternate corners of both covers. Old stain at top left hand corner of first plate, slightly affecting engraved surface, and a lighter stain at top left hand corner of next plate, affecting blank margin only. From the library of Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929), statesman and collector of books and works of art, with his engraved bookplate. An inserted printed extract from an early twentieth century book auction catalogue shows that the book had previously formed lot 438 in the E.J.Stanley sale, Sotheby 6-7 July 1905 (the sale is not identified in the extract, but see Book Auction Records, vol.2, 1905, p.568). N° de ref. de la librería 11817

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Título: Engravings of the four elements, ...

Editorial: (Paris), 1705.

Año de publicación: 1705

Encuadernación: Hardcover

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