Paris: Gruel & Engelmann, 1862. 5 x 6. CXCII pages, each richly illuminated by chromolithography in colors and gold + 12 full page illustrations, and terminal pages to record family births, marriages, etc. Each leaf is tipped to a hinge, allowing the book to be opened flat. Bound by Gruel (signed at spine base) in full chestnut morocco with metal clasps, both covers ruled in blind surrounding a Christian emblem (different on each cover) in gilt; all edges gilt. Beautiful copy in its original chemise and slipcase. As new. Item #17680
The quality of ornamentation and execution is exquisite. The borders & illustrations were painted by Ed. Moreau and executed on the lithographic stones in 10 or more colors by Hippolyte Moulin. Chromolithography by Engelmann & Graf.