A beautiful series, bound in "veau glace" leather, it consists of 20 volumes. It originates from a small private library of "Monsieur X" in Paris. The text was published in Paris by Chez Carie de la Carie in 1825. The title presents a study (in the French language) of the history of England complied by the Doctor John Lingard.
The bindings are considered "fine" because of the use of expensive calf leather which has had a special finish which renders it silky smooth appearance and feel. Each coverboard has a 1/4" blind stamp border of repeating circles. The spines have four raised ribs which divide the surface into five compartments: three have a central gilt tooled cartouche, the remaining two green Morocco leather plates with hand tooled gilt title and number. The top and bottom of the spine are gilt tooled with fine lines and repeating "v" and circles. The leather turn ins are gilt tooled. The endpapers are marbled (two different patterns of marbled paper).
Each volume measures 8 1/4" x 5" x 1 5/8" thick. They are in very good antique condition: some wear to edges, darkening to paper ends. The Morocco leather still retains the gorgeous finish with light age spotting.
It is a fine series for a small bibliotheque. The bindings have an elegant appearance on the shelves and the subject matter is classic.
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