21 March 2005
LOBANOV-ROSTOVSKY, Prince Aleksandr Ivanovich (b. 1788). Catalogue des Cartes Géographiques, Topographiques & Marines, de la Bibliothèque du Prince Alexandre Labanoff de Rostoff, à Saint-Pétersbourg. Paris: Firmin Didot for the collector, 15th April 1823.
8o (235 x 151 mm). LIMITED EDITION OF 340 COPIES. With half-title and errata leaf. VERY FINE MOSAIC CATHEDRAL-STYLE BINDING BY JOSEPH THOUVENIN, Paris c. 1830: mauve straight-grained morocco, narrow blind undulated border on sides around a gilt-blocked frame of pillars and other architectural ornament, in the center a gothic rose-window inlaid with green, citron and red morocco, compartments of spine gold-tooled and inlaid with green morocco, mauve morocco doublures and endleaves gilt-blocked and roll-tooled in blind to a design of stylized flowers and shells, gilt edges, signed at foot of spine. Folding cloth case. Provenance: Serrigny (crossed pen-and-sword bookplate).
ONE OF THE EARLIEST SPECIALIZED PRIVATE-COLLECTION CATALOGUES OF ATLASES AND MAPS, compiled by the noble Russian collector himself, who was an active historian and editor of the correspondence of Mary, Queen of Scots. This magnificently bound copy belongs to the WOVE LARGE-PAPER ISSUE LIMITED TO 30 COPIES reserved for presentation to the members of the Société der Bibliophiles Français.
"Thouvenin (1790-1834) was the outstanding binder of the French Restoration period. His fame was so universal that both Balzac and Stendhal mentioned him in their novels; it persists to the present day. Among his clientéle he also counted English and Russian collectors. Although he did not invent the style 'à la cathédrale', as is often claimed on his behalf (the London binder Whitaker was its originator), he brought it to perfection, and became its principal practitioner in France" (BBB Wittockiana 27). Brunet III, 706.
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