Bibliothèque Raphael Esmerian. [Five parts in six volumes, including:] Manuscrits a peintures, Livres des XVe et XVIe siecles; Reliures de quelques ateliers du XVIIe siecle, Livres en divers genres des XVIIe et XVIIIe siecles. Douze tableaux synoptiq
[ Esmerian, Raphael ].

Paris: Georges Blaizot/Claude Guérin, 1972-4. First and only edition of this auction catalogue, with a total of 670 lots. Lavishly illustrated with tipped in color plates, and black and white plates. Spines just a trifle faded, but a fine, clean set. Blue-green cloth with title in gilt on front covers. Six volumes, quarto. (Item ID: 15366)


One of the great catalogs of French bookbinding. The books include early manuscripts, incunables, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century books with royal coats-of-arms, and modern artists’ books, showcasing the work of Chagall, Bonnard, Picasso, Matisse, Laurencin, and others.

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