A rare title in this genre of book, it contains the letters of the very famous Madame de Sevigne (Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné (5 February 1626 – 17 April 1696) was a French aristocrat, remembered for her letter-writing). It was published in Tours in 1851.
The binding itself is a work of art,in the genre of the romantic binding which had a very short window of production (1840-1880) in France. An extensive process produced the very textural and colorful cover boards. Individual paper pieces of the design were hand cut and glued into the cover design. A large copper plaque was then heated, dipped in gilt and pressed into the cover board. The placed the lace-work overlay into the board and sealed the colored papers into place. Both the cover boards and the spine of this volume are lavishly ornamented in this manner. The page edges are embellished as well, with gilt.
Madame Sevigne wrote the majority of her letters to her daughter. The letters are important as they offer a snapshot window into daily life of the 17th century. The text of this volume is French, and is easily read by an intermediate student. . The binding measures: 8 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 1". It is in very antique good condition: light foxing throughout text.