A Paris, chez A.le Didion, Quai Conti No.5. [n.d., 1833.]
Pair of coloured lithographs, very scarce. 410 x 290mm, 16 x 11½". Several tears in edges of the paper and all over paper discolouration.
Two portraits of Bernard-Raymond Fabré-Palaprat, one in the uniform of Grand Master of the Knights Templar, the other as Patriarch of the Johannite Church of Primitive Christians. Fabré-Palaprat (1773-1838), a Catholic priest turned chiropodist (because of the Revolution), who founded a revival of the Knights Templar called l'Orde du Temple and the Johannite Church in 1805. He claimed that it had been a secret continuation of the original Order which had gone underground upon its disolution in the 14th century. With the approval of Napoleon Boneparte the order spread quickly through the French empire, but internal divisions caused it to collapse after Fabré-Palaprat's death. However his church still exists as the Apostolic Johannite Church.
[Ref: 20872] £280.00