Paris. Librairie Hachette. 1879. New Edition. Illustrated with 50 brilliantly illuminated full page tissue-guarded chromolithographic plates. Further illustrated with over 3400 gravure engravings and 30 colour maps. 7 Volumes. Thick 4to. Bound in extravagantly ornate gilt pictorial red Morocco depicting gilt tooled Roman emblematic seals and large embellishment of armour, eagles and statuary to front and rear covers. Gilt tooled spine compartments embellished with seals and laurel leaves. Raised bands. White silk moire endsheets. a.e.g.
A monumental work in a most impressive Hachette gilt binding - truly one of the most stunning bindings we've encountered. Sumptuously illustrated with eye-boggling, iridescent Chromolithographs, this extremely rare set is a true work of design art.
Some chipping to head and tailpieces to various volumes with some small bits lacking, hinges rubbed on various volumes, some corners bumped through, front cover of Vol. 1 starting, mild scattered foxing throughout, else Very Good. A bright, crisp, gleaming gilt gem.Featured Sets.