This is a romantic binding (in-8) from the era called "Age d'Or". It was published by LeHuby in Paris.
This percaline polychrome binding is in a lesser found shade of deep forest green (which can appear darker in some of the photos). The front cover board bears an enthusiastic design using layering of gilt over hand-cut pieces of paper. The effect of each design is very textural. The central "cameo" profile is especially impressive, with the gilt radiating from behind the profile. The back cover board has a central stamped medallion plaque which is silver and gold with an orange center. Both cover boards are blind stamped as well with a decorative frame. The spine is completely filled by a fanciful gilt plaque which is placed over green, pink, turquoise and red. The title plate and author has an individually stamped gilt plaque over red. The binder's name is stamped in gilt at the bottom of the spine. The page edges of the text are gilded.
The text is a simple French translation of "Jerusalem Delivree", a classic epic poem written in Italian by Tasso in 1581. The French text is illustrated with many vignette and full page engravings.
The binding measures:7 1/2" x 5" x 3 7/8" thick (the volume is unusually thick). The binding is in excellent antique condition, with little fading or color loss to the percaline or to the fantastic gilded/silver/colored plaques. There is very little wear to the edges and corners. The text does have light foxing throughout.
This is a handsome title from a period of French polychrome bindings which only lasted in production for a short period of time.
Item ID: LC137
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