Binding [Rabelais, F.]
La chronique de Gargantua, premier texte du roman de Rabelais. Précédé d'une notice par M. Paul Lacroix. [Limited edition in fine binding].
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Paris, Jouaust, 1868. 8vo (18.8 x 10.8 cm). Full straight-grained morocco. Boards with rich gilt ornamental borders, gilt-lined edges, and triple gilt-lined inner borders with gilt rosettes on corners. Spine with five raised bands, rich gilt-stippled compartments with central floral vignettes, and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Green book ribbon. All edges gilt.
One of a limited edition of 280 copies, being one of only 16 "sur papier Whatman", numbered 261. With a small pictorial bookplate of Albert Pascal (perhaps the Archbishop Albert Pascal [1848-1920]) mounted on the front pastedown. The binding is quite beautiful and well-preserved; the red bright and even. Weak offsetting of the book's ribbon to two text pages; very light wear to spine ends, otherwise an impeccable copy.
Limited edition copy in a very fine, contemporary binding