Le Livre de la Nature 1840 Desdouits fine embossed leather bookBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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Le Livre de La Nature L'Historie Naturelle, La Physique et la chimie by Desdouits.
Published 1840, Paris by Perisse Brothers.
313 pages. Text in French.
Period full leather book, smooth spine, gilt bands and title lettering, elaborate geometrical embossed compartment and cover decorations, gilt ruled covers, marbled edges and end papers. Binding remains clean, tight, and sound. Interior contents clean and bright, just light scattered age spotting. Inscription Paris 1920.
First volume of a larger set. This volume complete unto itself and of interest primarily as an example of this type of short-lived publisher gift leather binding.
Book remains well preserved and attractive on the shelf. It displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, the age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
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Book Measures c. 7" H x 4 1/4" W.