Maximilien de Bethune Duke of Sully French Statesman 1814 leather 6 vol. setBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Leather Books, French Books, European History, Memoirs, Maximilien de Bethune, Duke of Sully).
Memoires de Sully, Principal Ministre de Henri-Le-Grand. Nouvelle Edition.
Published 1814, Paris by Amable Costes.
6 volumes, each c. 375 pages. Text in French. Engraved frontis portrait in volume 1.
Attractive full antiquarian leather bindings with mottled boards, slightly raised & gilt bands, gilt title lettering on contrasting leather labels.
Set is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time.
Bindings age worn but still appealing, leather and joints dried with some surface crackling and small spots of chipping, rubbed but still supple, some joints splitting or tender, set remains overall very attractive as an object. Note- the (internal) hinges of Vol. 1 were repaired long ago with what looks to be cello tape and the joints show evidence of repair as well, but both covers still well and firmly attached. Still a great looking set, with outstanding mottled boards.
Text block paper is gently age toned as typical, internally set remains mostly clean, tight and sound. A set which has been taken care of but may/ does not look like new.
Still attractive on the shelf. Set displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in rather nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws seem easy to overlook or forgive.
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Books Measure c. 8" H x 5 1/4" W.