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Le Palais des Curieux, ou l'algébre et le sort donnent la décision des questiones les plus douteuses [Design Binding]. Donnent la decision des questions le plus douteuses, et ou les songes & les vision nocturnes sont expliques selon la doctrine des anciens.

Troyes, France: Chez la Cit. Garnier, [between 1728-1730]. First Edition. Design Binding. Translation of title: Where algebra and fate decide the most doubtful questions, and where dreams and nocturnal visions are explained according to the doctrine of the ancients. Marc de Vulson, French heraldist, historian, poet, minion of the royal court, published several prolific books on symbols, prophecies, heraldry, dreams and gathered sources on traditions associated with chivalry and French genealogy. Vulson devised cross hatching patterns standardized for specific colors in depicting heraldic shields. The lattice diagram on page 1 depicts a cipher system for dream divining, almost an oracle game board. Hatching (sometimes called hachure, from the French word) is a conventional system for monochrome denotation of heraldic armory, whereby the tinctures (colours) are represented by dots and lines. This technique is employed in cases where colours, for either aesthetic, practical or economic reasons are not reproduced – e.g. on surfaces such as woodcuts or engravings, seals and coins. Several systems of hatchings were developed during the Renaissance as an alternative to tricking, the earlier method of indicating heraldic tinctures by use of written abbreviations. The present day hatching system was developed during the 1630s by Silvester Petra Sancta and Marcus Vulson de la Colombière. The second part is a popular work on dreams and their meanings, alphabetically indexed by subject and significance with an index. Contains the work: "Traite des songes et des visions nocturnes, selon la doctrine des anciens, et de leurs significations." Includes five types of dreams are distinguished: song, vision, oracle, dream, and apparition. [Artist/binder statement: The text-based design reads like an advertisement for a seer. Palais des Curieux is an 18th century guide to dreams, designed to decipher the mysteries behind the imagery we conjure as we sleep or perhaps to remind us that des songes sont mensonges (dreams are lies.) The spine of the clamshell box is decorated with some of those iconic symbols we dream about... If your goal is to find your fortune outside of dreams, then navigate your way through the interactive grid of circles to find the answer to your burning questions--Erin Fletcher]. Fine in Slipcase. Minimal foxing, deckled edges, worn, yet tight, bright, and unmarred. Paged continuously: vii, 151[pp] 8vo + (one diagram illustration and a few woodcut ornamentations). French-style fine binding with laced-in boards. Bound in prussian blue buffalo skin with back-pared onlays in handmade papers in natural, black, magenta, mauve, granite and periwinkle. Onlays are embellished with beads and embroidered with cotton floss. Tooling in metallic copper orange. Leather wrapped endbands in metallic fuchsia. Text sewn on stubs of steel grey paper. Island paste down in steel grey paper embellished with matte grey tooling and dark grey embroidery cotton floss. Handmade paper fly leaves and endpapers in purple, orange and pink. Binding is housed in a clamshell box covered in prussian blue buffalo skin and steel grey paper. Leather spine embellished with paper onlays and embroidery cotton floss. Trays covered in orange and pink handmade paper and lined with fuchsia Silsuede. Cushion includes cotton batting. Item #9920

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