"I am something like the famous Doge at the court of Lewis XIV;"

The 'famous Doge' is referred to in Voltaire's Le siècle de Louis XIV ('The Age of Louis XIV), published in 1752.  When asked what he found most remarkable (singulier) about Versailles, he replied, 'C'est de m'y voir' ('It's seeing myself there'). (Ch. 13, page 249 in e-book below).