This exquisite binding format was published in Paris by the Imprimerie du Marchand Breuil, Rue de la Harpe, #80. This company produce this type of small, fine binding during the years of 1819-1825.
The very finest of Morocco (polished or glace)leather was used with this binding style. An custom plaque was created to blind stamp the very delicate and detailed design onto the cover boards. The stamp created a raised effect to the scrolls, arabesques and rosettes, giving a wonderful textural look and feel to the boards. There is a single gilt filet on each board, with four gilt dots at the corners. The binding edges (at the corners) have a 1 1/8" long, very meticulous hand tooled gilt design of tiny dots and two filets. The leather forms a border for the inner guards and is embellished with a gilt tooled design of small circles entirely around each board. The endpapers are marbled and the page edges are gilt. The spine is gilt tooled with the title, with alternating gilt tooled bands and a large decorative medallion.
The religious text is enhanced by five full page engravings, "La Priere", La Felicitie Eternelle", "La Charite", "Le S. Sacrement" and "La Vierge".
The binding measures:4 3/8" x 2 5/8" x 7/8" thick. It is in absolutely spectacular condition, with little wear and no fading to the binding. Only very, very light wear to the corner tips is of note.
It is a very fine and precious example of an early nineteenth century French binding.
Item ID: LC119
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