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1 Bonnard, Camille. Illustrations by Paul Mercuri. Introduction, and possibly revisions by, Charles Blanc Costumes Historiques des XIIe, XIIIe, XIVe et XVe Siecles Tires des Monuments les Plus Authentiques de Peinture et de Sculpture Dessines et Graves par Paul Mercuri (3 Volumes)
Paris A. Levy Fils 1860-1 Quarter Morocco, Marbled Boards Very Good Minus 
4to. 32 by 27 cm. 200 hand-colored engraved costume plates. Plates depict both famous personages such as Petrarch and types of characters and professions of the period. Also, as typical of the ambitious color plate costume books of the era, a number of plates are not of fashion but rather, historic scenes, rituals, and other aspects of Medieval culture. Colas 377. One quarter contemporary red morocco. Marbled boards. Bindings repaired, including a repair of one joint, and of the hinges generally. Rubbing and wear to binding. Scattered foxing, affecting some plates, ranging from trivial and light to occasionally a moderate level. Most plates read clean, however. 
Price: 1400.00 USD
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Le Moyen Age, Callendier, M.
2 Callendier, M. Le Moyen Age
Cloth Fine 
N.d., circa late 1800s. Folio-sized. 38 by 31 cm. Unpaginated, [36] pp., including title. With stunning borders, mostly in the Medieval style, often illuminated, plus two watercolors of castles, and mounted illuminated leaf of vellum for title, and a mounted vellum leaf painting of a troubadour. This manuscript or homemade book was quite possibly the creation of a French student, who in the text described, always in a calligraphic quality cursive, chivalry, Medieval commerce, literature, education, heraldry, armaments, architecture, guilds, music and policing, the Inquisition, and hunting. The synopses are well-done for what they are, but it is the visual dimension that makes this manuscript a treasure. The pages are heavy card. The initials on the front board are M.T. (Callendier might be Tallendier). On the rear board is a gilt insignia for a school, partially rubbed out. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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3 Shaw, Henry Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages (Two Volumes)
London William Pickering 1843 First Edition Full Morocco Near Fine 
With 94 hand-colored plates in addition to many hand-colored vignettes and devices scattered throughout the text. Very clean and tight. Modern blue morocco with raised bands and green spine labels. Marbled endpapers. The title page of Vol II has a perforated library label of the Hill Library St. Paul. Otherwise, the only other evidence of a former library home is possibly a number stamp on the bottom of thefpage following the title pages of each volume. 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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