RULES FOR THE King's ordinary ITALIAN COMEDIANS.... - Lot 29 - Binoche et Giquello

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RULES FOR THE King's ordinary ITALIAN COMEDIANS.... - Lot 29 - Binoche et Giquello
RULES FOR THE King's ordinary ITALIAN COMEDIANS. S.l. Paris], De l'Imprimerie de Ballard, 1781. In-8, red morocco, triple fillet gilt, coat of arms in the centre and fleur-de-lis in the corners, smooth spine decorated, olive green title, interior border, gilt edges (period binding).
First edition.
Regulations established by the marshal-duc de Richelieu, one of the four gentlemen of the king's chamber in charge of the Menus-Plaisirs, ordering the creation of a permanent committee, composed of seven actors, in charge of the management and administration of the Comédie-Italienne: to make the "repertory project", to examine and judge the plays that can be performed or not by the troupe, to check the coffers and to stop the accounts, to distribute the roles, to manage the disputes between the actors, etc.
Fines are provided for actors who arrive late, who neglect rehearsals, who disrupt performances, etc.
There is also a regulation for the orchestra and another for the dance.
A precious copy in morocco with the very rare arms of the King's Menus-Plaisirs.
It was produced by the workshop of Pierre Vente, official bookbinder of the Menus-Plaisirs of the King's Chamber from 1753 to 1788 (Gruel, t. II, p. 167).
Created in 1627, the administration of the Menus-Plaisirs was attached to the King's Household and was responsible for all royal entertainments as well as for the organization of court ceremonies and shows. This institution obviously had full authority over the Comédie-Française and the Comédie-Italienne.
The volume belonged to Edmond de Goncourt, with his autograph signature in violet ink and his bookplate engraved by Gavarni.
It appears in the catalogue of the sale of 18th century books, in 1897, under the n°487.
Small angular paper loss on the B5 leaf.
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