This is an early and precious seventeenth century New Testament edition printed in Paris ("Excudebat Antonius Vitre, Regis, & Cleri Gallicani Typograhphus").
The text is presented in both Latin and French. The Latin text pages are hand-ruled in red ink. The sumptuous seventeenth century bindings are of rare black morocco with luxurious citron morocco inner-guards "doublures". The title and number plates on the spines are of red & tan morocco. The coverboards are highly ornamented by wide (3/4") gilt dentelle frames. The citron inner-guards are ornamented with smaller but intricate gilt dentelle frames. All the page edges are gilt.
This type of fine binding was mastered in France. Each gilt detail was individually hand-tooled, which was time consuming. Fine black Morocco bindings such as these, combined with the added expense of citron Morocco gilt tooled inner guards, would have been custom ordered by a very wealthy client.
The bindings are in very good condition. Each volume measures: 6" x 3/1/2".
The bindings hold ancient provenance of: L.H. Ruault du Plessis Vaidiere (ex-libris) and of H. Houyvet (ex-libris).
It is rare to find such an early edition in such luxurious and beautiful bindings.
Item ID: LC31
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