Inventaire ou Dénombrement, tant des Corps saints et Tombeaux des Rois, Qu’autres raretez qui se voyent en l’Eglise S. Denys, hors le Tresor. BASILICA OF ST. DENIS.

Inventaire ou Dénombrement, tant des Corps saints et Tombeaux des Rois, Qu’autres raretez qui se voyent en l’Eglise S. Denys, hors le Tresor.

Engraved royal coat-of-arms on title. 16 pp. 8vo (170 x 111 mm.), 18th-cent. paste-paper semi-stiff boards (lower edges of covers a bit worn). Paris: Pierre de Bats, 1683.

A very scarce early edition of this guide to the church of St. Denis, a place of pilgrimage that holds the remains of most of the French kings who reigned between the 10th and 18th centuries. The earliest edition we locate was published in 1656 (14 pp.), and is exceedingly rare. The present work is considerably augmented from previous versions and presents updated descriptions of the interior of the royal basilica at St. Denis, just north of Paris. This work lists the kings, queens, saints, and regents interred within, paired with concise biographies. Several relics and architectural features of the basilica are also detailed.

A scarce guide, in very good condition. Some inoffensive foxing. WorldCat locates only two copies in North America.

Price: $950.00

Item ID: 7176