Fine bindings. 1752 Bibliotheca Rhetorum, Gabriel Francois Le Jay


A very attractive 18th century binding graces the boards of this work on Rhetoric by the Franciscan Gabriel Francois Le Jay, Professor of Rhetoric. Voltaire was a pupil of Le Jay. This is the second book, in a series, this work collecting the orations and panegyricae of ancient rhetoric.

This book was likely kept in the Polling Monastery Library, as evidenced by the "Polling" on the spine.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 17 x 11 x 4 cm. Dark-red morocco bindings. Framed in gilt with roll of dentelle and flowers, with inner-corner florets with a sunflower blossoming. Both boards with a central medallion of sunflowers, vines, leaves, surrounded by stars. The spine with four raised bands; four compartments with a central gilt animal and corner leaves, one compartment with "Polling, 1772" in gilt, with an obvious correction from "1702". Pages - x, 498, [4]

Condition -

See pictures. Some edge and corner wear; loss of gilt. On close inspection, it may have been expertly respined, even blending the leather to an impressive degree. I can't make up my mind. A little chipping at top of spine. A few bookworm holes along joint. Decorative endpaper doesn't extend into a flyleaf. Some bookseller notes on blank unpaginated front endpaper; library ticket pasted on verso. Some toning, ghosting and fox spots throughout.

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