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PAINTED RELIEF BINDING -- BRESSON de MAILLARD.
Petites étrennes galantes, pour la Pressante [sic] Année. Dédiées aux Beaux Sexes Par le Sr Maillard Debresson.
Paris: chés Maillard, au Magasin des belles Emblemes, rue St. Jacques [et] chés Mr Lambon, Avocat, proche la rue des Mathurins, 1762. 32mo (92 x 53 mm). [29] leaves: engraved title, 8-leaf letterpress calendar for 1762 (with vertical chainlines), and 20 engraved leaves (with horizontal chainlines), of which 12 text leaves engraved on rectos and versos and 8 leaves printed on rectos only, each of the latter with a half-page hand-colored engraved vignette and a verse caption under the heading "Etrennes." Apparently complete. Staining throughout, small marginal tears to first and last 2 leaves, rule borders of 2 calendar pages shaved. Contemporary case binding of hand-painted embossed papier-mâché, covers painted in shades of olive green and light brown, both covers with stylized curtains at top, at center a large flower basket in relief, painted in red, green and yellow on a pale orange ground, and at foot a gilt cartouche with inscription in red ink, "Il sera toujours le meme / pour vous" on front cover, and "Avec ce Panier / de fleurs je vous / livre mon coeur" on back cover, Brokatpapier endleaves (gilt saltire design on white ground), text block stab-stitched and attached by thread to the binding at head and foot (sewing loose). The inscriptions partly faded, gilding faded, scuffing to corners and edges, a bit of oxidation(?) to color of back cover, but overall in very good condition. Provenance: Henri Lavedan (pencil inscription on calendar half-title), his sale, Paris, 1 February 1928, lot 38 (Almanachs chantants et galants du XVIIIe siècle composant la collection de M. … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Musinsky Rare Books [USA]

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