This is an exquisite example which bears the royal coat of arms of the Comte de Provence, the future Louis XVIII (Louis-Stanislas-Xavier-Froncois de France 1755-1824).
"Until his accession to the throne of France, Louis held the title of Count of Provence, being the brother of King Louis XVI. On the 21 September 1792, the National Convention abolished the monarchy and deposed King Louis XVI, who was later executed by guillotine. When the young Louis XVII, Louis XVI's son, died in prison in June 1795, Louis XVIII succeeded his nephew as titular King, although the monarchy had been disestablished."
The binding is sumptuous, in fine cerise Morocco. The cover boards have a triple gilt filet with the central arms of the Comte de Provence. The spine is gilt tooled in six compartments each of which hold a central gilt tooled fleuron with dots and arabesques. The bottom compartment holds a double row of gilt tooled fleur de lis. The cover board turn-ins are gilt tooled with a crosshatch design; the board edges with a double gilt filet. The page edges are gilt, the endpapers of blue paper.
The title "Bibliotheque des Romans" discusses the history of the French novel (literature), both ancient and modern, in "our" language and translated from others. The French text is a periodic one, this title is published for the year 1779. The text includes two cul-de-lampe and two vignette engravings.
The binding measures 7"x 4" x 1 1/2" thick (in-8). It is in very good antique condition. The red Morocco holds it's original brilliant red coloring. There is some slight wear to the bottom gilt filets on the cover boards and on the edges. There is a slight indention to the bottom center right edge of the front cover board. The pages are well intact, the binding is sound. The wear is typical with age and the overall the binding is in exceptional condition for it's age.
A example French royal example. (Please note we sell the binding only, the crown is a prop, "pas pour vendre")
Item ID: LC131
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