Paris, B. Charles Mathieu, 1858. 4 1/2 x 6 1/2. (12), 149, (13) pages chromolithographed throughout. Cherry morocco richly gilt in a dentelle pattern, by Petit; spine & turn-ins gilt, silk endpapers, all edges gilt. Slightest touch of wear to raised bands, a fine copy. Item #17646
An exquisite book. Text pages are laid out as double spreads with a different, rich border down the outer margins and across the bottom. Preliminary pages give the source of the border ornamentation. For example, ornaments for the Morning Prayers are Byzantine; Evening prayers are Carolingian, and so forth through the fifteenth century. Chromolithographed frontispieces mark the divisions of the prayers. These and the miniatures are identified. The Mass for marriage follows the prayers.