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). The diminuitive such is such that it is surprising that more copies didn't get lost or accidentally discarded -- or perhaps even swallowed -- over the last 282 years. 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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