Fine, navy polished Morocco leather, heavily gilt tooled, these four beautifully bound volumes bear witness to the expert craftsmanship of French bookbinding.
The text, translated from the original Spanish (by Florian, published posthumously) recounts the famous and much-loved adventures of the misguided Don Quixote (Don Quichotte in French). The text is illustrated by sixteen very detailed engravings, giving life to the twists and turns of the poor Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
The bindings are classic early nineteenth century, a period when colored leather was in favor. They have been bound in a luxurious manner, at great expense, with no detail spared. The polished navy Morocco leather has a hand-tooled blind embossed medallion on the front and back cover boards. A wide, hand-tooled gilt frame borders the front and back cover boards (1/2"). The leather turn-ins are hand-tooled with a 1/4" gilt border. The cover board edges are hand-tooled in gilt. The endpapers are of fine marbled paper. The spines have been fashioned with five raised hubs forming compartments which hold a hand-gilt tooled medallion. The bottoms of the spines has a wide border (3/4") of different hand-tooled gilt lines.
The text is complete in four volumes. The bindings are in very good condition, with minor fading to the boards. There is hardly any wear to the edges and corners, the spines have no fading. The gilt tooling is bright with almost no wear. Each volume measures: 7" tall, 4 1/4" wide and 3/4" thick.
This is a handsomely bound set, with a classic and excellent text. It would make a good addition to a French library, or serve as a luxurious accent on a French desk.
Item ID: LC46
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