LOUIS XIV ROYAL WALL ALMANAC FOR 1701. Le Roy declare Monseigneur le Duc d'Anjou Roy d'Espagne.... Paris: F. & G. Landry, [1700].

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LOUIS XIV ROYAL WALL ALMANAC FOR 1701.
Le Roy declare Monseigneur le Duc d'Anjou Roy d'Espagne.... Paris: F. & G. Landry, [1700].

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LOUIS XIV ROYAL WALL ALMANAC FOR 1701.
Le Roy declare Monseigneur le Duc d'Anjou Roy d'Espagne.... Paris: F. & G. Landry, [1700].
Copper-engraved wall almanac, 890 x 562 mm. Incorporating 6 historical scenes, letterpress calendar printed in red and black on two mounted slips, approx. 95 x 115 mm each. Small hole at center, some creasing, paper stub to verso, closed tear to printed slip.

RARE AND IMPOSING WALL ALMANAC: AN EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE MOST LAVISH YET EPHEMERAL ITEMS EVER PRINTED. The calendar portion comprises the two small printed slips in the lower left and right corners, the rest of the document is a work of art. Louis XIV is well-known as perhaps the most self-commemorating monarch of the modern era, earning himself the moniker of Sun King. This calendar would have been produced for a small number of aristocrats and part of its lavish nature is that it was usually discarded at year's end. It features a beautiful portrait of Louis XIV and scenes of recent events in his political life. The most prominent scene is the declaration of the Duke d'Anjou as King of Spain in the presence of King William III of England, but also other diplomatic audiences and the funeral procession of Pope Innocent XII. Inventaire de la collection d'estampes relatives à l'histoire de France léguée en 1863 à la Bibliothèque nationale 6667. We locate no records of Louis XIV wall almanacs for any year in the auction records.
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