Fine antique hand crafted French Gruel Morroco leather bound book with ornately embossed and gold gilded design to both covers and the hubbed spineface. Fore edges of the pages are also gold gilded with worked design on all three sides.Book itself is very fine to excellent with the exterior quite clean and very little to no wear; perhaps some scant or vague dusting in the texture of the Morocco leather, but really in amazing condition for a book that is now 135 years old. Book's original binding is tight as new. Internally, the book features silk-moire front and back free endpapers with the insides of the front and back coverboards showing a floral motif that is comprised of red and green leather, worked with embossed gold gilding. A very intricate piece of artistry rarely seen. The inside front cover lower margin shows the bookbinder's name reading Gruel.
Book is illustrated with both color lithographic plates and monochrome plates. Book includes a semi-flexible dust-jacket wrapper which is one-quarter Morocco leather and buckramed satin or a thin cloth at the outside and a soft velvet or felt-like material at the inside. Exterior of the wrapper shows some scattered rubbing wear and the interior shows some light dusting, the wrapper having done it's job well over the long years.
Finally, the book includes the original hard slipcase which shows some rubbing and dusting along with general shelf wear and a split of 1 13/16 inches at the lower left hinge. Slip-case shows marbled paper at the two larger interior planes of the boards and the same velvet or felt material as the inside of the wrapper at the smaller three.
Overall a rarely seen piece of artistry in this condition. Book totals 649 pages with the contents at the back of the book. Book in the slip-case measures 6 3/4 x 3 3/8 x 1 7/8 inches and weighs about 1 pound 2 ounces. The item "Antique Prayer Book Fine Morocco Leather Binding Gruel French Catholic Rite 1884" is in sale since Wednesday, May 29, 2019. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible".
The seller is "catalineas" and is located in Northport, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.