Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, E. Levy et Cie, Éditeurs, . First edition. Hardcover. Folio (17 1/2 x 13"). , 245, pp. Uncut. Contemporary 3/4 crushed morocco over cloth, with gold lettering to spine. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Original wrappers bound in, with front cover in red and black lettering. Title page in red and black lettering.
Splendidly illustrated throughout with 105 in-text figs and 25 full-page photogravures numbered 1 to 24 (additional plate: 9 bis), this work is a both a history and a pictorial survey of works of art made of ivory from the 5th century (Late Roman period) to the 18th century.
Binding rubbed along edges with some abrasion to leather. Some staining to both covers. Original wrappers age-toned. Very minor age-toning along paper margin. Text in French. Binding in overall fair, interior in good to very good, plates in very good condition. f to vg. Item #43971
About the author: Émile Molinier (1857-1906) was a 19th-century French curator and art historian. Following his elder brother Auguste, Émile Molinier studied at the 'École Nationale des Chartes.' He wrote a thesis on medieval history entitled "Étude sur la vie d'Ernoul, sire d'Audrehem, maréchal de France" which earned him the archivist paleographer degree in 1879. He first worked at the 'Département des Estampes et de la Photographie de la Bibliothèque nationale de France' before joining the Louvre, where he served as curator of the newly created art objects department. He published books on stained glass, ceramics, enamels, ivories and furniture and organized major exhibitions, including the 'Exposition Rétrospective' held at the Petit Palais in 1900. A specialist of French decorative art, he wrote the first catalog of the Wallace Collection at the time of its opening. (From Wikipedia).