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Der Kleinen freunde Album.  For Our Young Friends.  Des Petits Amis.  Dei Piccoli Amici.  De Los Amiguitos.  van de kleinen Vrienden.
1 Der Kleinen freunde Album. For Our Young Friends. Des Petits Amis. Dei Piccoli Amici. De Los Amiguitos. van de kleinen Vrienden.
1845 Romantic Cartonnage Near Fine 
Exceptional ornate romantic cartonnage binding. N.d., circa 1840s. Slightly oblong, 7 by 5.75 inches, 17 by 14 cm. With sixteen hand-colored plates of children mostly playing. Gumuchian 291 indicates 18 plates, so two are apparently missing, although there is no sign of removal or cannibalization in this copy. Depicted are games of blind man's bluff, shooting out with fingers, sledding, marching military-style, crab hunting, hide-and-seek, etc. with a few scenes of juvenile apprehension, quisitiveness or seriousness. As if to underscore the universality of childhood experience, the captions are rendered in four languages: French, German, Italian and English. Perhaps the most special element of this charmer, though, is the exquisite cover that exudes a cross between Second Empire ormulo and a fine doily (or doilie), and features a color illustrated cameo on the rear board. No title, as almost certainly so issued, with front board serving as title. Scarce. Gumuchian 291. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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2 Le Nozze di tutti i Popoli dell'Europa
Milano Presso Giuseppe Pozzoli 1831 First Romantic cartonnage binding, with slipcase Very Good 
Very scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. 12mo. 12.5 by 8 cm, 5 by 3.25 inches. [5], 137, xvi pp. Seven hand-colored plates, plus color vignette on title page. No author given, although a preface credits Giulio Ferrario as the source for the fourth and last part of the work (it isn't clear what exactly constitutes this). Survey goes back to the classical world of Ancient Greece and Rome. The misconceptions and stereotyping are part of the interest. A final section, separate from the primary work, is an almanack of sorts. Elaborate blindstamping to boards, with gilt Greek key decorating spine and a gilt floral band as border to the boards. Slipcase with same design, front and back, and floral band to sides. Scattered mild foxing, as inevitable given paper stock used at time. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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3 Small Baroque-style Mahogany Book Case Cabinet with a framed glass door and a collection of eight volumes of ornamental French cartonnage bindings from the 1840s
Paris Lehuby Cartonnage Near Fine 
The bookcase cabinet is elegant and striking, with its ornate carved wood floral ornamented pediment and floral and foliate border framing the glass door. This small piece of furniture stands 33 cm to the top of the pediment, and if we measure to the top of the "box" or case itself, 26.5 cm, and the case is 11 cm deep. The glass door can be secured with the original metal key. The legs holding up the case about 4 cm from the ground are black metal and have typical Baroque detailing. The titles are almost beside the point, but they are all titles intended for a young adult readership. All the volumes have elaborate Renaissance Revival or Rococo frilled gilt decoration on their boards, front and back, and spines. We can not say that the case/cabinet was made for these particular volumes, but it most definitely well-suits them and the volumes fit perfectly within. All the bindings were published by Lehuby of Paris and they generally have steel engraved plates. They are 16mo and 14.5 by 9 cm each. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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