Bibliothèque Raphaël Esmerian

Paris: George Blaizot, Claude Guérin, 1972-3. 4 volumes (of 5), folio; color photographic frontispieces to Volumes 1, 3, and 4, illustrations and facsimiles, many full-page and tipped in, throughout, 46 plates of illustrations in Volume 3; original green cloth, gilt, edges slightly sunned, else fine; interiors fine. The first 4 auction catalogues of a 5-part auction that was held from 1972 to 1974. Volume 1: Manuscrits a peintures, livres des XVe et XVI siècles. Avant-propos de Jacques Guignard. This sale largely focused on early bindings, including those adorned with the coat of arms of François I, Henri II, Catherine de Medicis, Diane de Poitiers, Charles IX, Henri III, Henri IV, J. Grolier, and many others. Volume 2: Douze tableaux synoptiques sur la reliure au XVIIIe siècle. Avant-propos M. R. Esmerian. Volume 3: Livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle. Exemplaires uniques, contentant des desseins originaux...et de rarissimes suites d'eaux-fortes pures d'avant-lettre et de gravures en tirage a part. Très belles reliures aux armes et provenances célèbres. Volume 4: Livres illustrés du XIXe siècles. Item #37853

Price: $250.00

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