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Collection de 124 Carnets de Bal du XVIIIe Siecle, Formee par M. Bernard Franck, a Paris, de l'annee 1875 au 23 avril 1902
Paris: Gerschel, Photographie, [1902]. Hardcover. Very Good+. Contemporary full dark green morocco, gilt-stamped lettering and ornament on upper board and spine, a.e.g.; 4to (279 x 324 mm); contains 263 mounted carbon print photographs on 67 leaves of hinged cardstock. One of only 20 copies, this one inscribed by Franck to J. P. Morgan. Binding a bit scuffed, mostly along joints and edges of boards; slight wave to text block. Carnets de bal were cases used to house dance cards. Ornately jeweled, often made of precious metals and decorated with enamels, stones, and more, they were issued for royal and aristocratic balls. The photographs in this sumptuous tome show a painted portrait of the collector, two full-page photographs of the entire collection, and 260 shaped carbon prints, arranged 4 per page, showing the front and back of each carnet. The verso of each leaf has printed text describing the items on the facing page. Printed in red and black, each entry describes the construction of a case, its previous owner, and the period of its use. The photographer, likely Mathias Gerschel, was active in Strassburg in 1891.
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