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RACINE (Jean).

RACINE (Jean).


Engraved frontispiece portrait.

12mo. [138 x 85 x 29 mm]. [2]ff, 657, [1] pp. Contemporary binding by Boutigny (signed in gilt at the foot of the spine) of blue calf, the covers with a border composed of two gilt fillets and two blind rolls and blind centre-block. The spine divided into six panels, the bands tooled in gilt, lettered in the second panel and with the date in the fifth, the first and sixth panels with a blind centre tool, the third and fourth tooled with a repeated gilt pallet, the corners of the edges of the boards hatched in gilt, the turn-ins tooled with a gilt roll, marbled endleaves, gilt edges, pink silk marker. (One small patch of insect activity on the lower cover, slightly rubbed).
Paris: [Imprimerie de Jules Didot ainé] Jules Andriveau, 1825.

A handsome binding by Boutigny. He was first noted in Paris in 1835 at rue St. Jacques 122 and was still at work in rue des Maçons in 1865.

He was binder to the University and was the leading exponent of the rocaille style of binding. 21 examples of his work are illustrated in Culot, Relieurs et reliures decorées en France à l'époque romantique.

Stock no. ebc2349

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Price: £300