The Newberry Library, Chicago
AUTHOR UNKNOWN, French
Israël Silvestre the Younger (engraver)
Les plaisirs de l'ile enchantée, (Paris, 1673 )
The Plaisirs de l’ile enchantée, recorded in the book on the left, was a three-day festival set in the gardens of Versailles. Louis XIV took a lead role in the production, which featured a play-within-the-play written by Molière. The pastoral tone of the production, in a garden setting, blurred the distinction between reality and the play, engaging audience and actors within a single, idealized garden world.