A handsome seme de fleurs de lis design adorns this 17th century French, an edict explaining the union, regulations, and privileges of the Office of Secretary to the King. This copy with the ex-libris plate of the Marquis du Lau d'Allemans.
Not listed in the USTC, Worldcat records five entries from the world's libraries, 62612209, 494619566, 939639270, 461181295, 470469240, with 9 copies registered in the world's libraries; three in the U.S. at Yale, University of Notre Dame and University of Minnesota.
Physical Attributes -
Measures approx. 16 x 9 x 2 cm, signed in 8. Contemporary morocco binding. Boards with an outer frame of two gilt fillets and several gilt rolls, central seme ("strewn" in English), or diapered, arrangement of gilt fleur de lis tool to both boards. Spine with five raised bands; five compartments richly tooled in fleur de lis, one compartment with the title in gilt on yellow morocco. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers.
Pages - , 1-240 (240 blank), inserted four pages of privilege, 241-250
Collation - A8, B*, B2-4, C1-T8, V4, (two leaf privilege du Roy insert signed Y2-3), X4, Y1, Y4 blank.
The privilege was bound out-of-order, at the rear. This is the same as the three copies at the BNF, Worldcat OCLC number 494619566.
See pictures. Corners with a little wear; small rub at bottom of front joint. Ex-libris plate on pastedown. Graphite "le 6 Mars 1872" on 1st blank unpaginated leaf. Some toning throughout, with light foxing. Occasional dog-eared page. Binder's graphite note on recto of rear flyleaf. Rear flyleaf with some edgewear.
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