CONTES ET NOUVELLES EN VERS [Tales and New Verse]
Paris, Leclere Fils 1862, hb. Ill.: copperplate headpieces. Two volume set, nicely bound in 3/4 crimson morroco. larger 12mo pp. 208, 210. With poems by Voltaire, Vergier, Senece, Perrault, Moncrief and Ducerceau, Grevourt, Saint-Lambert, Champfort, Piron and others.
¶ The binder is Allo (with his name stamped in tiny letters on the recto of the ffep). Raised bands to the spines, with gilt decorated compartments and very delicate gilt lettering. The endpapers are marbled, and the top edge is gilt. There are numerous engraved vignettes, or head pieces, some of which are risque or erotic; hence reminiscent of Jean de la Fontaine's CONTES ET NOUVELLES EN VERS. Neither the artist nor the engraver is identified but the work is fine, with many subtle details. Both volumes show minor rubbing to the extremities of the boards, with the surfaces lightly scuffed. The spines are also a bit rubbed, but nothing untoward. The front endpaper of volume I is splitting but the hinges and joints are still tight, and the book feels "sound". Volume II is similarly tight. There is some foxing throughout. There is what appears to be a small stamped flower on the recto of the title page of volume I, which has slightly bled through. Overall, the set presents well on the shelf, and is in good plus to almost very good condition. Digital photos available.
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Book number: 027947
USD 200.00 [Appr.: EURO 169 | £UK 150.5 | JP¥ 22303]
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