Antique Nineteenth Century French "Romantic" Binding, "La Reine des Mers, Venise" circa 1873

This is a spectacular example, with rare provenance. This genre of bookbinding, known as the "Golden Age" had a short production window, from 1840-1890.

An extensive process was required to produce the many lavish layers of this very sumptuous binding. Beginning with hard paper board covers, the bookbinder fashioned custom plaques which were applied with heat, using the different color inks of blue, white and gilt. The applied heat caused parts of the design to raise up to give a 2-D effect. The front cover board has a magnificent chromolithograph medallion placed under the textured plaques, creating a "window" effect. The back cover board is identical to the front with the exception of the central medallion which has a beautiful and intricate medallion plaque in gilt, blue and white.

The spine continues the coverboard designs and has the title and editeur's name stamped in gilt.It measures 8 3/4" tall, 5 1/4" wide and 1" thick.

The French text presents a study of the city of Venice, Italy, "the queen of the seas". It discusses the doges, palaces and people in the history of this great city. A frontispiece engraving depicts "the battle of Lepante".

Of particular note is the rare ex-libris bookplate on the front endpaper of Georges Vergand designed by Bruneleschi.

It is in good condition, with light wear to binding edges and foot and head of spine.

The classic text, fantastic design and rare provenance combine to make a wonderful example for a French book collector.

Item ID: LC120

$175 USD

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