Wednesday, April 5, 2017

First Folio, ABAA, Paris, TN -- Dennis Melhouse

Delaunay, M.  LES EVANGILES DES DIMANCHES ET FETES DE L'ANNEE SUIVIS DE PRIERES A LA SAINTE VIERGE ET AUX SAINTS. Paris: L. Curmer, 1864. Three volumes. 4to. The first two volumes are illustrated with hundred's of illuminated pages in chromolithography by Lemercier, including sumptuous pictorial and decorative borders and full-page plates. Volume III is in black and white with decorated and illustrated borders. The section on the Saints is illustrated with small mounted photos. Sumptuously bound by or for Alexandre Segouin in full red crushed morocco with textured brocade like cloth paste-downs and flyleaves in maroon and gold, a.e.g., the spines in six panels with gilt titles and ornate panel frames, the covers with ornate gilt rolled frames with cornerpieces with a similar inner frame and an inlaid green frame between the two with floral devices and trailing vines, fancy dentelles.  The volumes housed in a brown pebbled cloth padded silk lined box with brass clasps and handle on top. The box opens from the top with a drop down front panel. The volumes lie flat and are separated by padded yellow silk. The binding in very fine and bright condition but for two slight dents from the box handle, Box lightly worn. Contents fine but for some foxing around the mounted photos in the third volume.
As in Curmer's L'IMITATION DE JUSUS-CHRIST, hundred's of stones and up to fourteen successive tints were required to achieve the rich colors and gold of these beautiful images. "The text [of L'Imitation] is surrounded by the richest conceivable ornamentation, in gold as well as in color... Nine hundred stones were required, each of which was employed for three to fourteen successive tints." (Ray. French Illustrated Book #264) for Curmer's L'IMITATION.

The best of chromolithography and the best of bindings in presentation form. Exquisite! (21120)

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