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Charenton New Testament, 1656

Originally sold at Charenton by the book dealer, Antoine Cellier, this Protestant (French Geneva) edition was probably not printed at Charenton but at Paris. [There were a number of book dealer stalls located outside the front entrance to Charenton temple, and this may be where all the books were sold that were marked "Se vend a Charenton".]

This New Testament was sold on Ebay recently:

Contemporary full burgundy morocco bound in period French Fanfare style fine binding. Covers are elaborately and quite beautifully ruled and paneled in gilt. Spine also extensively tooled in gilt, five raised bands, gilt board edges as well as page edges gilt.

Externally lightly worn (some corner and extremity exposure) and truly breathtaking. Marbled pastedowns. Interior clean with all pages bound, complete and clean other than some very light foxing and a few small inscriptions/ wear to the EPs; very well preserved.

Illustrated with engraved title page, as well as printer's devices and music to the Psalms section, as shown. Text in French. Measures roughly 6" x 3.5" x 1.5". A true gem.


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