Fabulous antique 19th century French Napoleon III era missal or prayer book with elegant shell cover & clasps, wonderful condition with complete 176 page interior, all pages in eliminated color. A souvenir of someone's marriage. ! I just love these old prayer books, bibles or missals, such time and care taken in the presentation and this one is not only fully complete but in nearly pristine condition! Faux tortoise covers front, back AND binding, even the clasps are intact and in fine working order. No detail spared on this one. There would surely have been a presentation box, likely preserved it in the amazing condition seen here over the past 100 or so years. Not strictly speaking a prayer book, this one is entitled "Livre de Mariage", translating roughly to "Book of Marriage". A wonderful wedding gift. A rare beauty, a perfect decorative accent for the devout decorator in you :).
Very good to excellent condition throughout! Not a single chip or crack and no warping to the covers, binding or clasps (possibly a tiny nibble or two on the top and bottom edges of the binding that I can see in the images). Pages inside are, every one, illuminated full color lithography prints. I find no losses. The text appears to be all there, also in great shape with no apparent staining or tearing. See pictures for measurements.
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Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.
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