La Sagesse et la destinée.

Paris, Eugène Fasquelle, 1908.

In-12 (190 x 120 mm), green morocco, large gilt embossed leather composition on front cover, ornate spine, cloth lining and endpapers, double endpapers, gilt head, untrimmed; front cover and spine evenly faded, gilding a little rubbed, traces of wax (Saint André [1909]).

Charming binding by Ambroise Saint-André de Lignereux (1861-1936), a specialist in working with leather, whether for bindings, objects, furnishings or textiles. He exhibited many times at decorative art shows, and was commissioned by the Ministry of Commerce to study art leather. He was considered one of those who renewed this art in France.

A rare specimen of a binding entirely in the hand of Saint-André de Lignereux, who used to delegate the execution of his bindings to the masters of the time, such as Canape or Noulhac, in order to concentrate exclusively on the leather decoration.

This binding was specially created for a friend of the Saint André de Lignereux couple by the name of Marguerite.
It contains an autograph letter signed by Sara de Lignereux explaining their intention: “I have chosen for your feast, my dear Marguerite, one of my favorite books, and my beloved friend, the divine Maitre Saint-André wanted to bind it, symbolizing by his marvelous art the beauty of these pages. [...]. The volume also contains an autograph letter signed by the bookbinder giving the “Legend of the binding” to explain point by point the composition of the decoration and its interpretation."

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