8vo (208 x 133 mm). , 407,  pp. 2 parts, the Office of the Dead separately titled. Printed in red and black. Engraved frontispiece and 12 full-page engravings by Arnold Van Weserhout and Jacob Frey after Joseph Passarus (Giuseppe Passaro), two engraved title vignettes, 12 engraved tailpiece vignettes, most unsigned, a few signed by M. Schedi (engraver), 3 engraved capital initials, numerous red-printed woodcut initials. Foxing, occasionally severe, short marginal tear to fol. Z7.
Contemporary Italian gold-tooled red goatskin, covers with large dentelle border composed of a triple neo-classical roll-tooled outer frame enclosing six large ornaments each with a web-like field of diagonally crossing gilt fillets framed in volutes and leafy sprigs, a few tiny petal or star tools, board edges protected with a narrow frame of silver or silver-plated metal discreetly nailed to the binding, two elaborately chased silver fore-edge clasps and catches, spine in six uniformly gold-tooled compartments, gilt edges with gauffred border design, pair of green ribbon page markers, marbled endpapers; 20th-century black morocco felt-lined case. Provenance: Maurice Burrus, bookplate, purchased from Gumuchian in 1934, as noted on his purchase notes at end.***
An unusual and striking rococo binding, in fine condition, on a luxuriously printed and illustrated eighteenth-century Office of the Virgin.
Gumuchian, Catalogue de Reliures du XVe au XIXe siecle, no. 225, plate 68. Item #2896