This bright and beautiful large format book was awarded to Gabrielle Frot in June of 1912 as a prize for history, geography and writing. The original prize certificate is attached to the inside front cover board.
Prize bindings have provenance from the latter half of the nineteenth century in France. Students competed in many subjects and were awarded these beautiful books, each one of which is a work of art.
The binding of the book is board covered in red toile This binding design was engraved by A. Biraloon and features beautiful Art Nouveau styling. A young girl is placed in a top medallion holding an eagle on a globe. The words around her translate "crossing through France". There is a larger wreath of gilded oak leaves behind her with a black and white lithograph of a chateau in the southwest of France. The author's name, Emile Gaillard, is engraved in gilt at the bottom of the front cover board. The entire front cover board has accents in brilliant gilt. The back cover board has been left blank. The spine is gilt embossed with large oak leaves and a gilt engraved title plate.
The page edges are gilded. There are 16 engraved designs by Pegot-Ogier (full page). The French text follows a young man in his journey across the southwest of France. The text is easily read by an intermediate student of French. It is fascinating to read about the richness and culture of this area, a true snapshot of France in the early 1900's.
The binding remains in good and sound condition. There is little wear only slight darkening at the cover edges. It measures:10 7/8 x 8 1/4" x 1 1/4" thick.
It is a marvelous book which has provenance to a specific person in history. As a decorative binding it is magnificent with the distinctive designs of the period.
Item ID: LC116
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