Bound for a mysterious Madame or Monsieur "M", these exquisite bindings are the very epitome of fine bookbinding of eighteenth century France. Only nobility could afford the expensive process to bind selected texts. These examples are unusual in that the red leather of the spine differs from the colored marbled leather of the cover boards.
The text presents the works of Demosthene d'Eschine which have been translated into the French language by L'Abbe Auger of the Academy of Sciences. It was published in the year 1777 by Lacombe in Paris. The text includes remarks on speeches of great orators, grammatical and critical notes in Latin on the Greek text, a preliminary discourse on L'Eloquence, a treatise on jurisdiction and laws of Athens, a precise history of the constitution of Greece, the government of Athens, and the life of Philippe. Volume one contains a 13 in. x 9 in. map of Greece by J.N. Buache. There is a frontispiece engraving of Demosthene (by Monnet after Maillot). This text is documented in the reference book of "Brunet", volume II, 590.
There are five volumes in this complete set. They are bound in colored marbled calf (to place the red and green coloring into the leather, they used syringes to inject the colored dyes into specific parts of the marbled pattern). Each front and back cover board bears the initial "M" in a small oval medallion. The cover boards are framed by a delicate gilt tooled "dentelle" design. Each of the crimson red morocco spines are gilt in a design of six compartments. Each compartment is ornamented with a medallion surrounded by four circles. The inner guards are of marbled paper. Each volume measures: 8" x 5" x 1 1/2" thick.
They are in exceptional condition for their age (234 years!). There is light wear to head of volume one, normal light wear to binding corners, but the bindings remain sound and solid. The crimson color of the spines remains bright and the unusual marbled cover boards remain lustrous and bright.
With the classic text and the mysterious noble provenance, these volumes would be the perfect addition to any modern day French library!
Item ID: LC42
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