[Binding. Paris, 1810]. [Miniature book]. Prieres de L'Enfance. Children's book.
[Binding. Paris, 1810]. [Miniature book]. Prieres de L'Enfance
[Binding. Paris, 1810]. [Miniature book]. Prieres de L'Enfance
[Binding. Paris, 1810]. [Miniature book]. Prieres de L'Enfance
[Binding. Paris, 1810]. [Miniature book]. Prieres de L'Enfance
[Binding. Paris, 1810]. [Miniature book]. Prieres de L'Enfance
[Binding. Paris, 1810]. [Miniature book]. Prieres de L'Enfance
[Binding. Paris, 1810]. [Miniature book]. Prieres de L'Enfance
Miniature French "Wheel Binding" 1810

[Binding. Paris, 1810]. [Miniature book]. Prieres de L'Enfance

Paris: P. Blanchard, 1810. 32mo (65 x 53 mm). Engraved frontispiece after Raphael's "La Vierge," engraved title-page showing a young boy dressed in a tunic and praying in a garden. 189, [1] pp. Contemporary French full red morocco by a very competent binder, decorated with a central wheel design, framed with small rococo tools and an outer roll of gilt dots. Spine cross hatched in gilt with gilt title. Spine trifle sunned or palm-soiled, hinges show traces of rubbing, inscription on verso of title-page "Eveline 1815" has bled through onto title-page. Housed in a contemporary marbled paper slipcase. Very good. Item #3740

Excellent copy of this scarce children's miniature prayerbook, preserved in very fresh state thanks to the contemporary marbled paper slipcase which has covered it for more than 200 years. It is also a late expression of Scottish "Wheel Binding" design, which was already in decline in Scotland in the 1780s (Sommerlad, "Scottish 'Wheel' and Herring-Bone' Bindings in the Bodleain Library," 1967, p. 1). The appearance of this design on a miniature French children's book is curious.

Combined searches in CCFr and OCLC produce only the BnF copy.

Price: $1,200.00