A GUIDE TO 18TH-CENTURY FOOT CARE, MARIE ANTOINETTE’S COPY, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND WITH HER GILT ARMS(MARIE ANTOINETTE) LAFOREST, Nicholas-Laurent. L’Art de Soigner les Pieds, Contenant: Un Traité sur les Cors, Verrues, Durillons, Oignons, Engelures, les accidens de Ongles & leur difformité… Augmentée d’un Chapitre sur la manière de soigner les pieds des Soldats en Garnison & dans les Mouvemens, & de deux Planches pour l’intelligence de cet Ouvrage. Paris: l’Auteur, Méquignon, Blaizot, 1782. Small octavo, contemporary full brown morocco, elaborately gilt-stamped spine and covers bearing the armorial crest of Marie Antoinette, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $16,500.Second edition (first published in 1781) of this classic podiatric work, written by the chiropodist of Louis XVI and the royal family, with the gilt arms of Marie Antoinette, beautifully bound.In the list of 24 books of “Natural history, medical and physical sciences of Marie Antoinette,” drawn up by Quentin-Bauchart (1886, II, p. 239, No. 49 of Les Femmes Bibliophiles de France), this volume was one of the five still in private hands and came from the collection of Baron Pichon. This work by Nicholas-Laurent Laforest is one of the early classics on podiatry, this second edition containing an additional chapter on the care of the feet of soldiers, and also with two folding engraved plates depicting podiatric instruments and various deformities of the feet. The book discusses all manner of podiatric complaints, from corns, bunions, and warts, to damage and deformity of the nail. Text entirely in French. Armorial bookplate of the Marquis de Fortia [d’Urban], owner of the Château Fortia and its vinicultural interests. Armorial bookplate and armorial paper bookmark of Alain de Rothschild, a 20th-century member of the prominent pan-European Rothschild banking family.An about-fine copy, in beautiful armorial binding of Marie Antoinette.
L'Art de Soigner les Pieds