Paris. Librairie Hachette. 1887-1889. New Edition. Illustrated with 14 brilliantly illuminated full page tissue-guarded chromolithographic plates and further by over 3400 gravure engravings, vignettes and 30 colour maps. 3 Volumes, complete as issued. Thick 4to. 7.0 x 10.75" Bound in extravagantly ornate gilt pictorial red Morocco depicting extremely ornate gilt tooled vignettes of warriors, Gods, battles and symbolic icons to front and rear covers. Gilt tooled spine compartments embellished with vignettes of Greek icons. Raised bands. White silk moire endsheets. All edges gilded.
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.
Light rubbing to covers. Mild evidence of moisture to last half of Volume 3 with attendant mlid page wrinkling. Mild sporadic foxing throughout, else Very Good. A bright, crisp, breathtaking example of an exquisite Hachette Binding.