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LACROIX, Paul.

Science and Literature in the Middle Ages, and at the period of the Renaissance.

London, Bickers and Son, 1878 Stock Code: 140595
£375.00

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First edition in English, first published in Paris the preceding year. The rich illustrations by German printmaker Franz Kellerhoven (1814-1872) are a fine example of 19th-century colour lithography. "Paris in the latter part of the nineteenth century had seen a rise in popular medievalism The rise of chromolithography made it possible to expand the possession of medieval objects from the cabinets of collectors to the living rooms of the bourgeoisie. Not everyone could own a medieval manuscript, but the new technology put convincing versions of those manuscripts within reach for many more people" (Echard, p. 8). This is the final work in Lacroix's extensive and authoritative study on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in France.

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Description

Large octavo (256 x 173 mm). Contemporary prize-binding of full vellum, red morocco spine label, smooth spine decorated in gilt, Aske's Hatcham Schools coat of arms in gilt to front board, edges red, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

Frontispiece and 12 chromolithographs by F. Kellerhoven, over 400 engravings to text.

Condition

Prize bookplate to front free endpaper. Short superficial split to foot of rear joint, still firm, a little spotting to vellum, a little light foxing to a few pages, generally clean; a very good, sound copy, attractively bound.

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