Antique Eighteenth Century French Books -FOLIO SIZE-: "Les Aventures de Telemaque circa 1785

This is a rare folio edition of this title.

The large folio bindings are spectacular, measuring 12 1/2" tall and 10" wide. It is also an important first printing of this edition by the illustrious French printing house of Firmin Didot.

The text follows the many adventures of the son of mythological figure Ulysses, Telemaque, in his search to find news of his father who has been away at war. The text is renowned as "a political novel with a purpose"

The text is supplemented by engravings and large "planches" (full page ornamented text) as follows: Volume I (36 full page engraved figures and 12 planches): Volume II (36 full page engraved figures and 12 planches). There is one frontispiece engraving, the royal coat of arms of "Monsieur" the brother of Louis XIV. The full page engraved figures are after the work of Monnet and were engraved by Tillard. The figures are simply lifelike, and the detail of the engravings is spectacular. The "planches" each have vignette engravings underneath the text.

The bindings are of blonde Morocco calf "glace". The cover boards have a hand tooled frame of three gilt filet. The spines have five raised ribs, forming compartments which are filled by hand tooled gilt fleurons. The title plates are of red and green Morocco leather. The printing of these plates is in gilt, with decorative medallions placed above and below. The page edges are red, the endpapers are marbled. The inner turn-ins are gilt tooled with a 1/4" border.

The volumes remain in very good, sound condition. There is wear to the gilt at the bottom of the spines, and light wear to all board edges. The cover boards remain in very good condition with very light wear (which is amazing for their age).

We are limited to only nine pictures here, but would be happy to furnish others upon request.

Item ID: LC60

$1,595 USD

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