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Souvenir d'une promenade a Versailles
Paris: au Bureau des Galeries Historiques de Versailles, [ca. 1850–55]. Folio (36.5 cm; 14.5"). [6] ff., 50 leaves of plates. One of several works with the identical title but from different publishers and with different contents! The present volume contains engravings after paintings in the palace's "Galeries Historiques": the engravers include Leroux, Masson, Thomas, Nargoot, Rebel, Frilley, and many others. Curiously, many engravings bear a faint line of identification reading "Diagraphe et Pantographe Gavard" and they have non-sequential numbering, meaning the images from this source could be and were recombined to form a wide variety of souvenir albums. In this copy all plates are guarded by sheets of heavy paper stock. Binding: In the style of a percaline mosaïquée, but the gilt and mosaic are applied to a textured pebbled cloth. Spine gilt extra with added "mosaic" of green, white, red and blue. Front cover with a blind-stamped border incorporating elegant corner-pieces; within this, "Souvenir de Versailles" gilt-stamped in an arc above a large on-laid crowned coat of arms flanked by banners and flags, this embellished in gilt with rich use of blue, white, red, blue, and green. Rear cover with similar blind-stamped border and a different large gilt-stamped center device strikingly incorporating an on-lay of blue stamped in gilt with a military medal. All edges gilt. On this type of binding, see: Morris & Levin, The Art of Publishers' Bookbindings, pp. 94–97. Binding as above, rubbed to the underlying boards at the corners of the boards and top of spine slightly pulled with one bit of rubbing. Scattered pale brown stains mostly on interleaves and sometimes visible on versos of plates; some discoloration in some margins of plates and occasionally into one; overwhelmingly a clean copy, remarkably bright and unfoxed. A strong and nice example of this category of "souvenir" and of a gilt mosaic binding.
      [Bookseller: SessaBks, A Division of the Philadelphia]
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