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Antique French Paroissien circa 1804
This is a beautiful Catholic Paroissien, bound the the utmost luxury in crimson red morocco leather.
Crimson morocco leather was a very expensive bookbinding material, which only the wealthy nobility and royalty could afford in the 18th and 19th centuries. This paroissien would have had provenance from a wealthy Parisian home, and would have been custom bound for its owner.
The front and back cover boards are framed with triple gilt filets. Gilt tooled fleurons are at each corner. The spine is extravagantly ornamented in six gilt tooled compartments. Five of these compartments contain alternating gilt tooled central fleurons/flowers. Each compartment contains gilt tooled arabesques at the corners as well as gilt tooled dots and circles above and below the central fleuron. The sixth compartment holds the gilt tooled green morocco title plate.
The endpapers are of fine marbled paper. The page edges are gilt tooled. There is a gilt tooled border (on red morocco leather) framing the endpapers. The binding measures: 5 5/8" tall, 3 1/2" wide and 1 1/2" thick.
The text contains Catholic religious services for throughout the year. Also included are the Litanies of the Saints, La Sainte Messe, Les Sept Psaumnes, Table du Temps et des Fetes Mobiles (for the years 1801-1832), and a spiritual calendar for the year of 1804. The text is in both Latin and French.
The binding is in excellent condition with minimal wear. The gilt edged pages remain brilliant and shimmering, the red morocco still retains the deep crimson color.
It is a precious nineteenth century French religious binding.
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