A magnificent example of a royal binding, with cover boards which are filled by the "chiffre" (initials) and the Royal coat of arms of Marie Therese of Austria (10 September 1638 – 30 July 1683), wife of King Louis XIV. She was the daughter of Philip III & IV, King of Portugal and Spain, and Elizabeth of France. She was the mother of the Grand Dauphin, an ancestor of the last four Bourbon kings of France. This example would have been used in the Royal court of Louis XIV.
This binding is of the utmost luxury. Fine red Morocco leather has been carefully hand tooled in gilt with repeating "MT" intertwined initials, alternating with gilt tooled fleur de lis. The center of the boards bears the Royal coat of arms of Marie Therese, the outer edge is ornamented with delicate gilt tooling consisting of fleurons and fleur de lis. The spine has five raised bands forming compartments filled with gilt tooled fleur de lis and the central crowned chiffre of Marie Therese. The page edges are gilt and the turn-ins are gilt tooled. The end papers are marbled. The binding is in-8 (7 1/2" x 4 7/8").
The religious text is hand ruled in red. There is one frontispiece engraving and one vignette. The Latin/French text was published by la Compagnie des Librairies in 1667. There are six full-page engravings.
The binding remains in very good antique condition. The back board has a hairline scratch to the leather running across the top section of the coat of arms. There is old restoration to the hinges (restoration in good order). Otherwise, no other flaws are noted, the color remains rich, the edges and corners in good order.
French Royal bindings of this magnitude are precious. This example bespeaks the very idea of French royalty, with it's sumptuous gilded ornamentation. It is an enchanting part of French history.
Item ID: LC127
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