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These are 3 very small leather shabby French prayer books.There are two Paroissien Romains & one L'Imitation De Jesus-Christ.
They are far from perfect- there are some stained pages, worn edges on covers,pages loose, warping- but these make a gorgeous little display.
Each has some amazing features- unfortunately I was limited to 5 pictures, but if you'd like to see more contact me.
The largest book is 4 & 3/4 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1 & 5/8ths inches deep.It has embossed fleur de lis on the leather cover & embossed hinges & beautiful embossed crosses on the spine. The edges of the pages are maroon with tiny golden symbols.There are some nice b & w illustrations , as well as a colored & gilt illustrated front page.

The second book (whose cover you can see in the last picture) measures 4 & 1/4 inches long by 2 & 7/8ths inches wide by 1 & 1/8th inches deep. The edges of the pages are gilt.(I'm describing the center book in the second picture). The spine has raised hubs like the first book but also charming gold symbols & the title is in gold.There are some illustrations inside as well.

The third book is maroon & has gilt edged pages , pretty end papers, & a lovely b & w illustration before the title page of Christ & a trio of angels which I show in my third picture.
I'm not sure if this one is leather or buckrum.
It measures 4 & 1/8th by 2 & 13/16ths inches wide by 5/8ths inches deep.
They seem to have been loved & used - the devotionals of the French are so lovely.

As I said, these books have age issues, but make the most charming display as I try to show in my pictures.
A wonderful decorating touch.
RESERVED FOR NATASHA

RESERVED For Natasha -Antique TINY Books, Leather Prayer Missals, French W Some Illustrations

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