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    [Fine Binding by Zaehnsdorf]. La Rochefoucault (Francois, Duc de). Les Maximes Suivies des Réflexions Diverses Publiées. Paris: [imprimé par D. Jouaust] Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1892. 16mo in fours (6.5 x 4 inches; 165 x 102 mm). [4, prelims], XL, 290, [2] pages. Exquisitely bound by Zaehnsdorf in 1895 (signed and dated in gilt on the front turn-in and with blind stamp on rear doublure) in brown goatskin, the covers lavishly tooled in gilt in an all-over "fanfare" design of variously shaped compartments filled with leafy stems, small dots, and stars; minor edgewear. The spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments with similar motifs. Superb turn-ins with a gilt fillet, dog-tooth roll and leaves, red silk doublures and endpapers, all edges gilt. Internally clean, minor staining to endleaves. Inscribed in ink to a front fly-leaf "Christmas 1895" and in a seemingly different hand, "'Il est plus necessaire d'étudier les hommes que les livres.' - p. 183." With the booklabel of Taplow Court to rear free endpaper, with pencil shelf-marks "11-B-1." A near fine copy of a most pleasing Zaehnsdorf binding in the 'fanfare' style.

    Taplow Court in Buckinghamshire was bought by the Grenfell family in 1852 and became home to William Grenfell. The house became a center for the "Souls," the aristocratic clique incorporating A.J. Balfour, George Curzon and various Wyndhams, Charterises, Tennants, Custs and Windsors. Other visitors included Henry Irving, Vita Sackville-West, H.G. Wells, Edith Warton, and Oscar Wilde.

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