Exercice du Chretien. 1737 Miniature Book. Paris.
Exercice du Chretien
Exercice du Chretien
Exercice du Chretien
Exercice du Chretien
Exercice du Chretien
Exercice du Chretien

Exercice du Chretien

Paris: Carouge, 1737. Miniature book (128vo). The textblock measures 32 x 18 mm, the binding 35 x 20 mm. 187, [5] pp. Contemporary French beige calf (repaired along front joint), smooth spine divided into four compartments by five gilt double fillets, within each a small gilt ornament, blue pastedowns and endpapers, edges plain. Item #2912

The format of this tiny book is described as "in-128" in the "Catalogue de la bibliotheque de M. le Comte Charles de l'Escalopier" (1866), no. 513. This seems accurate if the original sheet of paper was 18" x 23." Such a sheet folded six times would produce a Medium 64mo of 128 pages, each measuring approximately 2 7/8" x 2 1/4" -- or about twice the size as the present "volume" (if one could describe it as such). So diminuitive is the size of this 282 year-old book that the survival rate must be very low. How many were lost, accidentally discarded, or -- shudder the thought -- even swallowed? ¶ Arthur A. Houghton Jr. had a copy (his sale, Christie's NY, Dec. 5, 1979, lot 81) along with the 1733 issue published by J. Francois Herissant. The present edition is a reissue of the Herissant's sheets with a different imprint. We challenge anyone to collate them (hint: A-M8. This is not a chess move).

Welsh, D.V. Bibliography of miniature books, no. 2745.

Price: $1,250.00

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