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(FRENCH GLASS BINDING.)
Chansonnier dédié aux Demoiselles.
Paris: Louis Janet, [c.1828-30]. Paris: Louis Janet,, [c.1828-30]. In a fine glass binding Sextodecimo (101 x 62 mm). Contemporary gilt metal casing, raised leaf decoration to spine and raised dot decoration to board borders, thin glass sides over grey and white marbled paper boards, hand-coloured engraved illustration beneath front panel depicting a winged woman posing in front of a looking glass, her attendant in the background, title above lettered in black, blue moire endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a contemporary yellow plain card slipcase. Engraved title page with pastoral vignette, 4 engraved plates with tissue guards, 1 double-sided folding plate to rear with the calendar for 1830 (Janvier with the misprint 1850, Juillet dated 1830) glued in at rear, decorated with a seasonal headpiece of 4 engraved landscapes. Gilt casing notably bright and untarnished, the gilt flaked along rear joint but joint itself firm, a little minor flaking and cockling to marbling of front board, tiny closed tear to pp. 27-8, contents occasionally tanned and spotted, calendar partly split along fold. Overall in very good condition. A beautifully preserved, finely bound French songbook from the Janet workshop. The British Library's Database of Bookbindings notes that the Janets (both father, Pierre-Étienne, and son, Louis) were well-known engravers and publishers of ephemera in deluxe and gift bindings, particularly women's almanacs; Louis moved to rue St Jacques 59 - the location of the imprint - in 1819. The BL holds two examples in a similar casing style to ours (shelfmark c108bb8) … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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