In this tongue-in-cheek book, suggestions on social etiquette are contrasted with naughty illustrations in which the subjects have bypassed all formality of manners, in varying states of undress. Text excerpts are from social etiquette books, 1847-1950. Illustrations are from French spot and romance illustrations of the same era. Miniature book, double-sided tulip fold, letterpress printed on French Mod-Tone patterned paper, in two colors on two sides using photopolymer plates. Laval…
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Jeweled Binding with Virgin and Child Surrounded by Evangelists, Five Saints, and Two Virtues Berthold Sacramentary, in Latin Illuminated by the Master of the Berthold Sacramentary Germany, Weingarten Abbey ca. 1215 293 x 204 mm
Wallet belonging to Louis XVI, used for secret correspondence with secret agent Beaumarchais. Red morocco leather, gilt shackled foliage; inside covered with green silk. Combination lock in white and pink gold, composed of six circular dials engraved with letters. To open, align the letters "A - L - O - U - I - S" from the center. Beaumarchais oversaw covert supply of arms and financial assistance before France's formal entry into the American War of Independence in 1778.