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BOUCHOT, Henri.

Catherine de Medicis.

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Published: Paris printed and engraved for Goupil & Cie. by Jean Boussod, Manzi, Joyant & Cie., 1899

Stock Code: 111974

£1,250
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, one of 1,000 copies on handmade paper by Blanchet Frères et Kléber, this number 80. One of Goupil's lavishly Romantic turn-of-the-century illustrated historical biographies, here in a really handsomely appropriate binding.

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Description

Folio (322 x 250 mm). Full burgundy morocco by Lucien Durvand, elaborately gilt with panels to the boards incorporating strapwork, fleur-de-lys, and a central roundel with Catherine and Henri IIs conjoined ciphers within a wreath of twined olive branches and a banderolle bearing Catherines motto Bringing light and peace of mind in Greek, all on a semé ground, spine panels also with the double cipher device, single fillet edge-roll, all edges gilt, gilt quatrefoil roll to the turn-ins, marbled endpapers, original wraps and spine bound in, tricolour silk page-marker intact.

Illustrations

Photogravure portrait frontispiece in colours with decorative gilt frame to the tissue-guard, and 40 other photogravures printed en grisaille, sepia and sanguine, some colour, all with tissue-guards lettered in red, 8 photogravure head- and tail-pieces, f

Condition

Light shelf-wear, a very slight crack at the head of the front joint, foxing front and back as usual, a few plates browned, but overall a very good copy.

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