This is an exquisite early nineteenth century edition of the book of Psalms. It was published in Paris by LeFevre during the Restoration period (Louis XVIII) in France.
This genre of small book was designed to be placed into a pocket, for easy transport to any quiet setting.
The binding is of the finest green Morocco leather (the most expensive of the colored leathers). There is a hand tooled gilt frame around each cover board with a repeating pattern of tulips and fleur de lis. The spine is extensively gilt tooled to form four large compartments. The top and bottom compartment have intersecting laurel branches and a central rosette. The second compartment bears the gilt tooled title plate. The third a gilt tooled lyre. The binding measures 4" x 2 1/2" x 1" thick.
The text is beautiful, with printed music interspersed between the chapters and verses. There is a detailed copper plate frontispiece engraving of David playing a lyre. The text is in French. The page edges are gilt edged.
The binding is in sound condition with very slight minor wear in accordance to age (binding corners, some spotting to the Morocco leather).
It is a magnificent religious binding, perfect for private devotions and religious vignettes.
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