Title: Fine handcrafted miniature binding on ...
Publisher: Imprimerie de Lebègue, Rue des Noyers c.1820-1840, [Paris]
Publication Date: 1820
Book Condition: Very Good
2 parts in one volume, 24mo (93 x 58mm). , 24pp. 10 full-page engraved allegorical illustrations accompanying separately titled tales printed between engraved borders. Contemporary embossed and painted scenes, front cover with scene personifying friendship, a classicized figure welcoming a traveler and his dog to the door of his home, with a moralizing quotation in French "Un bon ami vaut tout" ("A good friend is all"). Rear cover depicting the crowning of virtues, one putti lowering wreath to pair of classicized figures surrounded by moralizing quotation in French "Cest a la vertu vous la merites non cest vous ("It is the virtue you merit, not you"), decorative period paper on pastedowns, (slight wear and rubbing, text block loose in binding; contents otherwise clean). The tales in rhyming verse are on familiar themes of friendship, romance and the uncertainty of love. There are also poems for songs around the table and the meaning of flowers. The compact book overall ties in nicely some well-appreciated characters, from Anthony Abbot the Great to Cinderella. Chapbooks were inexpensive and usually anonymous printings of these popular themes. This petite volume is fine for its entirely handcrafted contemporary binding which continues the internal themes to the unique exterior covering. Bookseller Inventory # D6219
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