Title: Les Reines de France, mid 19th century
Or, The Queens of France
Author: Mlle a Celliez
Publisher: P.-C. Lehuby
A series of short biographies and illustrative depictions of the queens and female rulers of France, from Saint Clothilde all the way up to Marie Antoinette.There are illustrations of various queens and rulers within, and the covers are wonderfully decorated, with the back board showing a French coat of arms gilded quite brilliantly.
One extravagantly decorated volume bound in 4to size, 700 pages.
On note of condition, the binding holds quite well, although the outer hinges have split. The decorative covers still gleam brightly, but the spine has worn down a fair bit, with some peeling at the top as well. There's also some staining on the covers as well.
There are also hints of foxing inside, though it's very minimal.