Gilt Embossed French Book with Color Lithograph Medallion circa 1857

This book belongs in the time period of French book production known as "The Golden Century". During the period from 1820-1885 great progress was made in the design and fabrication of books. This example is among the most elaborate, with pressed and gilt embossed coverboards and a full color central lithograph medallion. This book was published in 1857.

To make the covers, the hardened paper boards were embossed in color, in this case pink and royal blue. Then a gilt stamp was used to emboss an elaborate frame. In the center of the frame on both the front and back covers. A highly detailed color lithograph is placed in the central frame, depicting a scene from the text. These books were designed to "wow" the young people who read them, and they were treasured by each person who received them.

The French text details the voyages and conquests of Christopher Columbus. The text is written for young people and is easy for a beginning student of French to read. It has one frontispiece illustration.

This book was given as a prize (the original prize certificate is attached inside the front cover) in 1857 to Mademoiselle Peignon.

The central medallion is one of the most striking in color and detail that we have seen. It is amazing the the original jewel tone colors remain fresh and bright.

The gilt embossing on the front and back cover boards remains fresh and bright, giving a "metal" appearance to the covers. The book is in sound condition. It measures 7 1/4" x 4 3/4" x 1/2" thick. The central medallion measures 4" x 2 1/2".

The book presents beautifully on the shelf, where is shimmers and sparkles.

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Item ID: MT183

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