This set bears provenance from the "Lycee Imperial d'Agen", which was opened outside of Paris in 1858. Each cover board is gilt stamped with the school's crest and name, and the first, third and fourth volumes still hold a "prize ticket" (which documents to which student the volumes were awarded).
The volumes were published in1866, by Garnier Freres in Paris. The French text discusses botany, insects, history, voyages, archeology, medicine, physics and chemistry.
The prize certificates indicate the this beautiful set was awarded to a student by the name of Malbot, as a prize of grammar (sixth grade level) the 10th of August 1868. During the mid to late 1800's it was common for French schools to award excellence in studies to deserving students. Specific titles were ordered by the school, and sent to a bookbinder who bound them and applied the school's crest on the cover boards.
The bindings are of half crimson Morocco leather. The leather spines have five raised hubs which form compartments that have intricate gilt stamped ornamentation. The title and numbers are gilt tooled. The cover boards of of percoline, a hard material used for bookbinding during this time period. They have been heat pressed with a blind stamp, which forms a 1/4" frame around the cover boards. The school seal has been individually stamped in gilt on each volume. The endpapers are of fine marbled paper.
The bindings are in very good condition, with little fading. There is loss to the gilt crests, due to age and use. Volume two has had the prize ticket removed. The bindings measure: 7 1/4" x 4 1/4" x 1 3/16" thick
This is an excellent library set, as the red coloring and the crests give a presence when viewed from a distance.
Item ID: LC40
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