Description: FIRST EDITION, 12mo (167 x 87mm.), woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, CONTEMPORARY PARISIAN RED MOROCCO GILT, WITH ARMS OF LA MARQUISE DE MAINTENON in gilt [cf. Olivier 1837 fer 8bis], spine gilt in compartments with the stamp of a lion rampant in each compartment, edges marbled and gilt
Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Literature: Carayon 1043; Cordier, Sinica 836; Löwendahl 227; Lust 822; Western Travellers in China 32
Provenance: Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon (1635-1719, second wife of Louis XIV), arms on binding; "Bibliothèque de la Maison Roiale de St Louis à S. Cir", bookplate (the Maison de Saint-Cyr was founded by Louis XIV, at his wife's request, as a school for impoverished girls from noble families; it was closed in 1793).
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