Etrennes mignones curieuses et utiles... pour l’année 1785. EMBROIDERED BINDING –.
Etrennes mignones curieuses et utiles... pour l’année 1785.
Etrennes mignones curieuses et utiles... pour l’année 1785.

Etrennes mignones curieuses et utiles... pour l’année 1785. Paris: N. Crapart & C.J.C. Durand, 1785.

24mo (binding size 98 x 58 mm). Collation: 1-68 (nested quires). [48] leaves. Folding woodcut maps of France écclesiastique at front and Environs de Paris at back, printed on one sheet enclosing text. Map edges frayed, some discoloration. Embroidered binding of gray-blue faille silk, an outer floral vine border of metal strips with bright pink metal foil blossoms enclosing a central flower-pot on upper cover and a 3-blossomed flowering plant on lower cover, the designs composed of metallic thread, small copper-like sequins and inset metal foil, spine similarly decorated, red-dyed partly brocade endpapers, a pocket inside lower cover (somewhat soiled and faded, cloth a bit wrinkled, possible loss of outer border to covers).***

A pretty embroidered binding on one of the longer long-running Paris almanacs. The Etrennes mignonnes appeared, with changing subtitles, from 1716 to ca. 1845. Quality of printing declined after about 1750, although later issues evidently contained two maps rather than one. Cf. Grand-Carteret 107. Item #2688q

Price: $1,300.00

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