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PORTFOLIO
Gold-tooled morocco portfolio with papal arms
[Italy, probably Rome: , late 17th century], 1740. [Italy, probably Rome, late 17th century]. An agenda-format portfolio or letter-holder of gold-tooled brown goatskin or hair sheep (334 x 135 mm.), both covers with dense pointillé tools surrounding a large coat of arms in the upper compartment, consisting of the Papal arms on the front cover (the original Papal shield overlaid by a brown goatskin onlay with the arms of Pope Benedict XIV) and the arms of the city of Rome on the lower cover, and two small crowned coats of arms in the lower compartment; decorative tools including several small angels, flowers in vases, 8-petalled blossoms, small stars and blossoms, and pointillé arabesques, blind horizontal and vertical lines (from the finisher's transfer of the design?) visible on the covers; holes for a single fore-edge strap with clasp (lacking), backstrip with scrolling floral tooling, turn-ins gold-tooled, liners of orange gilt floral Dutch-gilt paper (Brokatpapier) with carnations, poppies and other flowers, original tan reversed leather gussets. Some rubbing and a few small chips or holes, spine tooling faded and with some abraded areas, upper cover color faded, a few scrapes and some rubbing to paper liners.*** A densely gold-tooled portfolio. This uncommon and evocative object, produced by bookbinders, probably served to carry one or more offical documents. The original arms which are hidden beneath a later onlaid shield bearing the arms of Pope Benedict XIV (1740-1758) are presumably those of an earlier Pope, possibly his immediate predecessor Clemen … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Musinsky Rare Books, Inc. [United States]

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