(Paris: Gruel et Engelmann, 1889). 165 x 83 mm. (6 1/2 x 3 1/4"). 2 p.l., 649 pp.,  (colophon) leaf.
STRIKING CONTEMPORARY BURGUNDY MOROCCO, ELABORATELY GILT, BY GRUEL (stamp-signed at tail of spine), UPPER COVER WITH A LARGE AND RICHLY DETAILED OVAL BAS-RELIEF PLAQUETTE OF THE LAST SUPPER framed above and below by a large panel of interlacing open strapwork comprised of abstracted gilt floral and foliate curls and other decorative elements, lower cover similarly decorated, with its central medallion containing a gilt cipher in intertwined majuscules, raised bands, spine gilt in double-ruled compartments with central arabesque, gilt filigree turn-ins, claret moiré silk endleaves, all edges gilt, original brass clasps with strapwork decoration. With 26 illustrations, comprised of 22 large black and white woodcut headpieces, and four chromolithographed plates with gold highlights, along with numerous uncolored woodcut initials. Front free endleaf gilt-stamp "24 Mai 1891"; first Communion card of Andre Gallien, dated 9 May 1895, laid in. A VERY FINE COPY, the morocco lustrous and the leaves entirely crisp and clean.
Gruel and Engelmann (who joined the firm in 1850 when he married Léon Gruel's widowed mother), published and bound numerous works of devotion, like the present, impressively bound "Paroissien," a service book that includes the texts and prayers (in Latin and French) used to celebrate Mass throughout the year. The very pleasing plaquette on the front cover showing the Last Supper is reminiscent of the celebrated Apollo and Pegasus bindings done for the celebrated collector Giovanni Battista Grimaldi (ca. 1524 - ca. 1612). Gruel, the eminent Parisian bookbinding firm, was founded in 1825, and some of the most skillful artisans in the trade (including Sarah Prideaux) were in its employ during the 19th century. We are delighted to offer this superbly bound copy. (ST12743b)
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PJP Catalog: 67.047