Bound in the rarest of Morocco leathers used during the eighteenth century, this is a fine example of an early French armorial binding.
This edition was published in Paris, 1729. It is lacking the frontispiece. The text, a grand classic in French religious literature, is written by Saint Frances de Sales. The text is in the French language and includes decorated capitals throughout and one culs de lampe.
The binding measures 5 1/4" x 3" x 1 1/2" thick. The front and back boards have a hand tooled gilt triple filet frame. The central gilt tooled coat of arms on the front and back boards are those of Mailly. The spine is gilt tooled into six compartments, each with a central fleuron, four arabesques, two tulips and four dots.
The endpapers are entirely covered in paper with gilt stars.The turn-ins of the binding are decoratively gilt tooled as are the binding edges (single gilt filet). This example is in very good antique condition, with little wear for it's advanced age.
It is a fine example in blue Morocco from the early eighteenth century.
Item ID: LC129
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