Lot n° 662
15000 - 20000
[CLAIRAMBAULT Nicolas Pascal de (1698-1762) genealogiste de l'Ordre du Saint-Esprit.]
MANUSCRIT, Parentés des Princes & Princesses de l'Europe avec le Roy Louis XV en 1772,  ; 153 pages in-fol. (36.5 x 24 cm; plus a few blank p.) in 21 notebooks bound with a blue ribbon, under a cardboard slipcase and covered with red morocco with gilt decoration, both plates bearing in the center the royal coat of arms of Louis XV, gilt triple net frame with fleurs-de-lis at the corners, long spine with gilt boxes decorated with the crowned royal monogram and fleurons, blue silk lining, traces of blue ribbons used as clasps (royal binding of the time).
Superb calligraphic court manuscript in a royal binder, with 63 genealogical tables, to determine the degree of kinship of Louis XV with the various sovereigns, princes and princesses of Europe . This royal manuscript is remarkable for its subject matter. Written in 1772, two years before the death of Louis XV, it bears witness to the practices of a court etiquette. In anticipation of his death, Louis XV, who in 1772 was still in perfect health, asked Clairambault,
genealogist of the King's orders - whose offices were in the Château de Versailles - whether he could determine the legitimacy of a foreign prince to mourn the King, and vice versa. Clairambault composed for his King a magnificent and rare transverse genealogical chart. We can see Louis XV's relatives unfold before us. We discover his cousins, and thus his blood so mixed with all the Houses of Europe at the time. Each prince contemporary of King Louis XV is attributed a degree of kinship through remarkable paintings. The Bibliothèque nationale de France holds a similar but incomplete manuscript in the Clairambault collection. The Duke of Luynes alludes in his Memoirs to this manuscript: "Here is the King's kinship, copied from the state that Monsieur de Clairambault made for the King, of his kinship with all the sovereigns of Europe, close enough to mourn him" (vol. XVI, p. 150 n.1). This manuscript, set in pencil and ca
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