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MARCEL, Jean Jacques (1776-1854). Les voeux de la France, pour l'heueux anniversaire du IX aout, emprimés en 80 idiômes et caractères différens. Paris: Félix Locquin, 1831.
8o (224 x 144 mm). Half-title, 5pp dedication, text printed on rectos only, typographic page-border on rectos and versos. Lithographed portrait of King Louis-Philippe. Printed on blue, white and pink paper. Blue morocco gilt, edges gilt, by Lancelin. Provenance: M. le Cte. de St. Thomas (presentation inscription); purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 2 May 1952.
FIRST EDITION OF THIS SCARCE WORK. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR on the half-title: "Souvenir d'amitie a M. le Cte. de St. Thomas. J.J. Marcel." Marcel was a distinguished scholar of Asian literature as well as a type-designer. He was administrator of the Imprimerie Nationale under Napoleon I. This volume is dedicated to Louis-Philippe of France, printed on blue, white and pink paper. It prints a verse of the Psalms referring to the King in 80 different idioms, printed in 80 different typefaces.
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