Originally Owned by Louis XIV at Versailles

    [Louis XIV]. l'Office de la Semaine Sainte, Corrigé de Nouveau, Par le Commandement du Roy. Conformément au Breviaire & Messel de N. S. Pere le Pape Urbain VIII. Nouvelle Edition, corrigée & augmentée. Paris: Chez Charles Fosset, [n.d., ca. 1623-1644]. Octavo. [iv], 512 pages. With copperplate-engraved frontispiece and four plates, each augmented in gilt. Text neatly bordered in brown ink, some neat ink rules on a few pages and on plates, a few initials augmented in gilt. Bound in a contemporary royal binding of full burgundy crushed levant morocco, boards triple-ruled in gilt, with a field of gilt-stamped crowns over stylized "L's," alternating with the fleur-du-lys. Spine tooled in gilt in compartments with the stylized crowns over the "L's," gilt board-edges, marbled endleaves. Some rubbing to binding, corners a bit bumped, some offsetting to endleaves, faint inkstamp of Anne Louise Léonie, Countess of Rochechouart Mortemart, on first binder's blank, some intermittent thumbsoiling or minor dampstaining, one leaf with lower corner missing (not affecting text), one leaf with a small area of repair to margin. A fine example of a lovely item. Housed in a beautiful custom-built full morocco clamshell case, gilt-stamped in a manner similar to the book. From a private collection from New Orleans.

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    On the recto of the final blank leaf is a (near?) contemporary note in ink in an unknown hand stating that this book was presented to Louis XIV at Versailles. (as well as a note of explanation of the term "nycticorax" which is underlined in red ink on page 483).

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