This is a handsome "prize binding" set, bearing the central gilt crests of the College Royal de Louis le Grand, in Paris. This type of binding is found from 1800-1840, when schools rewarded diligent students with beautiful books containing classic works.
Louis-le-Grand, founded in 1563, is located in the heart of the Quartier Latin. It played an important role in educating the French elite, and counts among its former students: Molière, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and Jacques Chirac.
The first volume (of four volumes) holds the "etiquette" ticket which states that this set was given as a prize on the 18th of April, 1838 to J.F.A.V. Didieu, for excellence in studies.
The text presents the works of John Francois Ducis, (1733-1816), who was a French dramatist and adapter of Shakespeare. The text is in the French language.
The set is complete. It is in good and sound condition. There are some evidence of the library stickers (which have been since removed) on the front of the cover boards.
The front cover boards have a 1/4" gilt tooled frame, with the college coat of arms in the center. The title plates on the spine are black, there is a gilt tooled medallion between the two plates. The page edges are marbled. The bindings are of marbled calf. Each book measures: 8 1/4" x 5".
The gilt crests remain fresh and brilliant.
Item ID: LC24
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