MODEL OF PARIS ([ 1779 ])


An Account of the Model in Relievo, of the Great and Magnificent City and Suburbs of Paris. By Monsieur Le Quoy. Architect to his late and most Christian Majesty, Lewis the XVth.

Published: Printed by H. Reynell, No. 21, Piccadilly.

Date: [ 1779 ]

vii, [2], 10-28pp; 8vo in 4s. Some v. sl. marginal waterstaining to final leaves, but a v.g. copy. Disbound.

An unrecorded edition of this rare description of the travelling exhibition of Le Quoy's celebrated model of Paris. First published in Dublin in 1768 with the title: An Account of a Model or Plan in Relievo, of which ESTC records only 2 copies (Harvard, and Trinity College Dublin, OCLC adding Princeton). A London edition was published by H. Hart in 1771 (ESTC T63173 records 7 copies, Boston only in North America, to which OCLC adds Yale, and Pennsylvania). ‘Mr Le Quoy was the first man who ever attempted a model in relievo, of the celebrated city of Paris… from the kind countenance shewn him by the nobility and gentry (was) permitted to visit the internal parts of their hotels and gardens, to render his model compleat, useful and entertaining, so spirited him up in this undertaking, that he determined to exert his utmost endeavours; and being very happily endued with an uncommon share of patience, he, after twenty-two years close and diligent application, presented this elegant and noble model to the inspection of the curious.’


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