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    Tooled Leather Binding for Louis XIV (1638–1715) 

    Tooled Leather Binding for Louis XIV (1638–1715) "The Sun King"

    £750

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    Louis XIV (1638–1715) "The Sun King"
    An ornate 17th Century tooled leather bookbinding
    Made for the French monarch
    Converted into a blotter (late 19th Century)
    Dimensions: 26 cm x 35 cm (when closed)

    Provenance: Private Collection, UK

    Tooled a decorated brown goatskin front and back bookcovers, embossed in gold leaf with the French Royal badge to the centre on a ground of repeatedly stamped motifs of crowned 'L' monograms and fleur-de-lis. Boards retain their original 17th Century marbled endpapers. The title page from a volume of Marcus Tullius Cicero's Opera Omnia [Complete Works], published by Samuelis Chouët in Geneva in 1660, has historically been retained with this blotter - indicating the volume which was probably converted into the blotter.

    For an intact book as bound for Louis XIV and bearing the same pattern (also a work by Cicero), see St John's College, Cambridge, Special Collections (B.3.28). This St John's volume had formerly belonged to the poet and diplomat Matthew Prior (1664-1721).

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    Additional Information

    Code

    10226 (AB-39442)

    Dimensions

    W: 35cm  (13.8")H: 26cm  (10.2")

    Period

    17th Century, 19th Century

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