Paris: Chez Saintin, 1811. First Edition. Hardcover. Twenty-fourmo size, 234 pp., in French. Very good +. Item #18111607
The biblical story of Ruth and Naomi, two women who leave the land of Moab to return to Naomi's native land of Bethlehem, is a story of love, devotion, and loyalty; it is a story of strength, as the two women must make a life for themselves together after their husbands die. This little volume, printed entirely in French, has engravings of scenes from the story at the opening of each chapter, and contains remarks by the comte de Keratry Auguste Hilarion (1769-1859), a French poet, critic, and politician who offers an analysis of the characters and motifs of the story.
This volume features a lovely contemporary calf binding, smooth and supple, four lovely steel-engravings, and has advertisements from the publisher at the rear of the book.
___DESCRIPTION: Full contemporary marbled calf, gilt decorative borders on the front and rear boards, gilt decorations, ornaments, and lettering on the spine, gilt decorations along the edges of the boards, all edges gilt, brown endpapers, frontispiece a black-and-white engraving, black-and-white engravings at the opening of each chapter, ten pages of advertisements for other books available from the publishers at the rear of the book, original ribbon marker is present; twenty-fourmo (5.25" by 3.5"), pagination: [1-5] 6-222  224-234. Please note the text is in French.
___CONDITION: Better than very good, with clean boards, a square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some rubbing to the head, tail, and edges of the spine and to the corners, and corners are ever so gently bumped, very faint toning to the outer margins of the text block, slight fading to the margins of the endpapers; still a lovely example.
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