1678 Office de la Semaine Sainte. Fine bindings.


beautiful French fine binding, which brings to mind the works of Antoine-Michel Padeloup and Luc-Antoine Boyet, the finest French binders, with closure straps with clam shaped hardware and painted and gauffered floral edges.

The 1678 Semaine Saint is ruled in red throughout, at extra-expense to the buyer and hinting at regal provenance. Also, (likely extra-) illustrated throughout with thirteen plates.

Slightly odd thing but, I have another regal 1678 Petit printed Semaine Sainte, and they are not the same printing, engravings, etc..

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 19 x 12.5 x 3 cm. Burgundy-red Morocco binding, richly tooled in gilt in a fanfare binding using a combination of shaped, fillet, and pointelle tools. Turn-ins rolled in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Gilt edges. Double-endbands, blue and white. Gauffered and painted edges with leaves and flowers. Working closure straps with scallop shell hardware (catches).

13 engravings.

Pages - viii, 624

Collation - *4, A-Z8, Aa-Aa8

Condition -

See pictures. Beautiful binding. Hint of a crack start at the top of front joint. Rear board has a 1 cm gouge. Corner with a little wear. Top edge slightly darker. No marbled flyleaves. Leather turn-ins have ghosted endpapers and facing leaves. "No 77E" written on blank front endpaper.

Evidence of professional repairs throughout. Title page with some edge chipping, darkening, thumbing, etc; some ink spots near the gutter. Throughout, it looks like the painting of the edge decoration caused moisture marks that correlate in the margins, etc. Front 10 commandments plate toned, thumbed, etc. Some chipping to edges of first pages. Fore-edge of 2nd-4th leaves professionally repaired. Some toning, thumbing throughout, occasional ink mark, dog-eared page, fox spots, etc.. Fore-edge of F4 (87/88) deckled; leaf edge did not extend to edge. Page 97/98 (G1) missing. Bottom corner of 345/46 and 485/86 missing, no text affected. Corner chip 359/60. Fore-edge chip 529. Last leaf bottom corner repair

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