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Antique Leather Book 1683 Histoire de la Ligue Spanish Royal Library Owned Very Rare Tome Museum Quality DanPickedMinerals

The provenance of this book is exciting;

Spanish Royal Library and potential Papal affiliation.

It was once in the royal library of Spain as the first bookplate (3rd photo) on the left is from the Spanish monarchy. It was later gifted to another royal family which shows on the smaller fontice tag on the right.
I purchased it from the estate of a Princess. Her grandfather had amassed a large, quality book collection during the late 1800s which she then inherited and owned all of her life.

The spine of the book says JBC = Jean Baptiste Colbert.
In 1682, Colbert took much interest in art and literature. He possessed a remarkably fine private library, which he delighted to fill with valuable manuscripts from every part of Europe and the Near East where France had placed a consul. He employed Pierre de Carcavi and Étienne Baluze as librarians. Colbert's grandson sold the manuscript collection in 1732 to the Bibliothèque Royale.

Handwritten signature on the title page. (looks dated 1692?)
The signature is that of the Marquis de Seiguelai. - a man with money and power.

The smaller book paper is very exciting as well.
The inscription is Italian;
Per servire s'acquista. Servi quando poi. "Through serving one gains. Serve when thou can".

What is also exciting is the keys below the crown.
Crossed keys are a Papal symbol - Angels on each side
The keys as being a symbol of the Papacy but additional research is warrented.
The Papal symbol would be used by a pope or as part of the personal crest of the family the man who became pope came from.

The Snake on the covers may be Medici (snake poison).

More photos available as requested.

Chez Sebastien Paris. In 1683 Cramoisy Mabre.
10.75" x 8"
541 p.p.
Lavishly gilded with gold accents. Circular snake design on both boards.
Raised bands.

Well kept, museum grade tome.
Two volumes in one. This edition is extremely hard to find in any condition.

Minor edge rubs and light use. Hinges tight. Binding strong and straight. Pages clean and white. Above average condition volume.

Printed in the French language.

Shipping includes full insurance.

Thank you for your interest.

Antique Leather Book 1683 Histoire de la Ligue Spanish Royal Library Owned Very Rare Tome Museum Quality DanPickedMinerals

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