S.l. s.n., n.d. (ca. 1900). Miniature brass "book," 1.1 inches tall (3 cm) containing a "leporello" folded to produce a frontispiece and 8 images depicting the life of Joan of Arc. Brass lightly dust-stained. Leporello folds lightly rubbed. Very good+. Item #2735
A miniature "leporello" enclosed in a tiny brass book-object with functional brass hinges. ¶ The leporello technique utilizes parallel folding whereby the "pages" are pasted form a continuous concertina; leporellos are often called concertina or accordian bindings. Our example is particularly notable because the the "binding" is actually a hinged book object. A portrait of Joan of Arc appears on the case, lettered "Jehanne d'Arc," framed by four fleurs-de-lis below the motto "Vive labeur." On the lower cover, below her dates (1412-1431) is a lillie and a crowned sword flanked by two fleurs-de-lis; a single fleurs-de-lis appears in each corner. The top of the "book" has a small hole, no doubt where a ring was once fastened so that the "book" could be worn as a necklace or locket.