Quérard, La France littéraire, t. III, p. 484.
A pamphlet printed in a small number, probably in Bayonne, describing a project for the decoration of the apartments of the palace of the Duchess of Alba, one of the main figures of the Spanish nobility at the time, famous for having been Goya's model and for her love affair with the painter.
The author, who had known the Duchess of Alba during a stay in Madrid, describes here his project to embellish the different rooms and parts of the residence with the decorations, paintings, furniture, pictures and precious objects dictated to him by his "reveries": "This apartment, finally, as I conceive it," he says in conclusion, "would form a kind of Museum, where one could, without leaving the walls of this city, come and take a general and sensitive idea of the manners, uses and arts of the various ancient and modern nations.
François Grognard, painter and decorator from Lyon, was born in Lyon in 1748 and died in 1823. This rich manufacturer of gold, silver and silk fabrics of Lyon, who dated his work on July 10, 1790, declares himself to be an interested party in the manufacture of silk fabrics of Camille Pernon and company, of Lyon.
Large ex-libris label: Fs. Laborde, Ancien Entrepreneur des travaux du Roi aux Fortifications et Barre, à Bayonne.
Rubs to the binding, which bears traces of worms on the second cover.