Etrennes mignonnes Pour l’An de N. Seigneur M. DCC.LXXXIII. ALMANAC –.
Etrennes mignonnes Pour l’An de N. Seigneur M. DCC.LXXXIII.
Etrennes mignonnes Pour l’An de N. Seigneur M. DCC.LXXXIII.
Etrennes mignonnes Pour l’An de N. Seigneur M. DCC.LXXXIII.

Etrennes mignonnes Pour l’An de N. Seigneur M. DCC.LXXXIII. Liège: chez la Veuve J. Dessain, [1782].

24mo (95 x 55 mm). [98] leaves. Three parts, separately titled, titles within type-ornament borders and with woodcut vignette of the arms of Liege. Double rule page borders throughout. 12 pages containing 24 woodcuts of coins, depicted actual size; small astrological cuts in calendar (leaves 2-16), which is interleaved. Fine. Contemporary embroidered case binding of cream linen-covered boards, decorated with metallic thread, sequins and colored metal foil, both covers with outer border of a strip of metal foil colored red and oversewn with a zigzag of twisted silk thread, at each corner a twin-branched sprig of twisted thread and blue-green sequins, and at center an oval medallion of overlapping sequins and metal-wrapped thread (bouillon) framing a large red metal foil cartouche with a flower composed of sequins and bouillon, the flower design of each cover slightly different, backstrip wth two parallel strips of pink foil oversewn with thread (matching the cover borders), gilt edges, plain endpapers; faint stains to linen of upper cover, a few sequins bent, lower cover with loss to two sequins and one defective flower petal, border strips tarnished in places, two small (1/2 cm.) losses to one of the metal strips on backstrip, stitch-holes around both covers possibly from a lost outer border. ***

A brightly decorated embroidered binding on a Liége almanac. Besides the calendar (interleaved for owners’ notes), this Liège annual, called Étrennes mignonnes in emulation of a long-running Parisian series, includes currency tables, illustrations of the coin of the realm, a multiplication table, and a list of continuous prayers (prières de quarante heures) in various parishes. The sequin-studded binding would have been commissioned by the publishers. The present example is noteworthy for the unusually large pieces of red metal foil used for the central cartouches.

The unnamed widow of Jean Dessain, who had moved the family printing press and bookshop from Reims to Liège in around 1758, worked on her own before her son Hubert and his sisters took over the business in the early 1790s (cf. data.bnf.fr). Item #2933

Price: $2,200.00

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