Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Les Saints Évangiles. 2-vol. set (Complete) with an additional suite of 123 original engravings by Alexandre Bida. Jacques Bénigne Bossuet, Alexandre Bida, Ch. Rossigneux, tailpieces Head-, culs de, initials.
Les Saints Évangiles. 2-vol. set (Complete) with an additional suite of 123 original engravings by Alexandre Bida
Les Saints Évangiles. 2-vol. set (Complete) with an additional suite of 123 original engravings by Alexandre Bida
Les Saints Évangiles. 2-vol. set (Complete) with an additional suite of 123 original engravings by Alexandre Bida
Les Saints Évangiles. 2-vol. set (Complete) with an additional suite of 123 original engravings by Alexandre Bida
Les Saints Évangiles. 2-vol. set (Complete) with an additional suite of 123 original engravings by Alexandre Bida

Les Saints Évangiles. 2-vol. set (Complete) with an additional suite of 123 original engravings by Alexandre Bida

Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie, 1873. First edition. Hardcover. Elephant folio. [14], 155, [1]pp (text), [63]pp (plates), [12], 175, [1]pp (text), [65]pp (plates). Splendid gilt-tooled crushed full black morocco with gold lettering on spines. Raised bands. All edges gilt. Dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispiece in each volume. Ribbon marker. Title pages in red and black lettering. Decorative head-, tailpieces and initials. Text within double red ruled box. This remarkable edition of the Four Gospels contains 128 fine engravings by Alexandre Bida, the celebrated French painter of the Romantic period (28 originals by Bida, and 100 after illustrations by the most renowned artists of the time, such as Henriette Browne, Bodmer, Bracquemond, Chaplin, Deblois, Flameng, L. Gaucherel, Gilbert, Ed. Girardet, Haussoullier, Ed. Hédouin, Massard, Mouilleron, Célestin Nanteuil, and Veyrassat). Next to Gustave Doré, Alexandre Bida is the world's best-known Bible illustrator of his time. In "Les Saints Évangiles", Bida brings a truth and genius that makes his Christ reverent, refined, dignified, if not strong. Paper size 21 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches; image size 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches. Each plate is protected with a captioned tissue-guard. Very minor rubbing along edges. 1 1/2" closed tear at lower front joint of each volume. Very minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Fore-edge of the last 7 leafs partly water-stained. Text in French. Bindings and interior in overall very good condition. With the 2-vol. set is an additional suite, not called for in the collophon, containing 123 original lithographs from the 128 featured in the volumes. Paper size 21 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches; image size 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches.The loose plates are housed in a modern 3/4 morocco over paper covered boards clamshell box, with gold lettering on front cover. Very minor rubbing along edges of box. Minor and sporadic foxing along edges of plates, some slightly affecting a few images. Upper left corner of plates slightly creased. Clamshell box and plates in overall good+ to very good condition. vg. Item #33190

Price: $17,500.00