Paris: Gruel et Engelmann, 1884.
Thin 12mo (3.25 x 6.25"), Superbly bound by Gruel (signed in gilt-stamped pallet at bottom of spine as well as front dentelle) in full rich mahogany morocco with striking gilt-stamped decorative and flowing strapwork motif after Derome, spine with six superb all-over gilt decorated panels and with stunning full doublures consisting of an extremely intricate geometric mosaic pattern, after Padeloup, with a diapered pattern of inlays in green, blue and red. Exquisitely and elaborately gauffered on the wide edges with all-over vine and in a stippled fashion. All edges of morocco boards with single gilt filet rule, and double-crosshatches on spine heads. With 26 illustrations; 22 large black and white woodcut headpieces, as well as four chromolithographs plates highlighted in gold, along with many woodcut initials. Burgundy silk flyleaves. This exemplary binding is housed in original or contemporary burgundy leather and cloth slipcase, with fleece-lined leather and cloth covering. A perfectly fine copy with no signs of wear. A wonderful Gruel binding. Over the years, Gruel employed some of the most skillful artisans in the trade, including Sarah Prideaux.
Price: $1,750.00 Item #4768