Paris: Edouard Rouveyre, 1887.
First edition. Large 4to. A stunning Riviere binding, bound in full rich red morocco with elaborate geometric gilt linear design motif with dots, on both covers and spine, cover with decorative seal, thick dentelles with similar gilt motif, wonderful blue batik decorative doublure and free fly textile over paper. The binding design is taken from an example by Chambolle-Duru, which appears in the book on page 93. Certainly a unique Riviere binding, and the book itself is quite rare and an important compendium and record of bookbindings, dozens in photograveure, tissue guarded. While the covers remain bright and well-preserved, the spine has been rebacked with the original pieces applied between the raised bands. Even with this fault, a wonderful and historically significant binding.
Price: $2,500.00 Item #4498