BINDING, Embroidered cloth with the Portuguese Royal Arms.
[Portuguese Almanack]. Diario Ecclesiastico para o Reino de Portugal Principalmente para a Cidade de Lisboa, para o Anno de 1816. Lisbon: na Impressam Regia, . 16mo (4 x 2 1/8in; 102 x 54mm). Pp.[1-]176. One folding engraved hand-colored map of Portugal.
Condition of contents: short split to map, otherwise excellent.
Original silvery gray satin embroidered binding with gold threads, sequins, and metallic thread, upper cover with the centrally-placed Portuguese Royal Arms, decorative surround and border, the lower cover with a central rural scene: a shepherd with two of his flock, similar decorative surround, the flat spine with overall applied design, cream satin endpapers, gilt and gauffered edges, thin woven thread place marker; contained within original red morocco two-part case, the exterior tooled in gilt, the interior lined with decorative green and red patterned paper.
Condition of binding and case: slight discoloration to cloth of binding, otherwise excellent (see images); old rubbing and scuffing and one small split to case, but otherwise excellent.
Provenance: J.A. Calderhead (calligraphic inscription to front free endpaper.
A beautiful and unexpected survival from a post-Napoleonic Lisbon.
- Binding Condition: excellent
- Overall Condition: excllent
- Size: 4 x 2 1/8in; 102 x 54mm
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