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Desgodets, Antoine Babuty, 1653-1728 / Les edifices antiques de Rome
(1771)

[Dedication] A monseigneur Colbert, marquis de Seignelai, baron de Seaux, &c. = To the most honorable John-Baptist Colbert, Marquis of Seignelai, Baron of Seaux, &c.,   pp. [v]-viii


Page [vi]

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THE MOST HONOURABLE 
O 'H 
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L 
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B 
MARQUIS of SEIGNELAI, 
BARO N 
of S E AUX, 
Mii/er and fecretary of ftate, and of the king's commands, commander and
high 
treafurer of his maje//y's orders, controller-general of thefinances, fuperintendant
and direA'or-general of his maje/y's buildings and gardens, and of the arts
and 
manufactures of France. 
M  Y   LORD, 
AM        far from confidering this as my work, or from thinking any dedication
neceffary to make it yours. To your lordfhip it belongs by every kind of
title.  You it was who conceived its defign, prompted by the tender and 
paternal love you bear to the fine arts, and ftill more by that ruling paflion,
which allows you not to forget any thing that can conduce to the glory of
our 
great monarch. Your lordfhip it was alfo, who, animated by the fame Mhotives,
furnifhed all the means and aids neceffary for its execution; fo as to leave
me 
no other ffiare in it than the honour of executing your orders, which might
eafily 
have fallen into better hands. Had this work appeared in the days of our
fathers, 
when 
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&c. 
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