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Rare mid-19th Century Rosewood Tabletop Bookcase with French Handwritten Diary c. 1830

A completely charming and beautiful rosewood table top bookcase
3 inches wide, 6 inches deep and 9.5 inches high.

Dimensions of each of the four volumes are:

5.25 inches wide, 0.5 inches deep and 8.25 inches high.

For metric please multiply by 2.5
Full Description
A completely charming and beautiful rosewood table top bookcase with satinwood stringing and exquisite mother of pearl inlay to the clasp and with a working key.

This is a particularly high quality small bookcase with a rosewood lined interior and a sprung back – so that the four original books are pushed slightly forward for easy removal when the clasp is unlocked.

It was sold by the famous Parisian firm of Lesage which was founded by Nicholas Lesage.

He was one of the most important merchants in Paris with clients such as the Duchesse de Barry. In 1837 he formed a partnership with Victor-Hyacinthe Granvoinnet who had been working for him for some fourteen years. The partnership at 11, rue de la Chaussee-d'Antin, lasted until the death of Lesage in 1841.

The set of red leather gilt spined books comprises a diary, a sketch book, a notebook and a book for keeping accounts. This presentation set, housed in an exotic inlaid rosewood case, would have been very expensive and were purchased from the Paris store in around 1830 by someone who was probably setting off on the Grand Tour of Europe.

Each book with a beautiful preface page showing a late Georgian domestic scene.

The diary has a large number of entries, all in a very precise and beautiful hand as shown in our pictures.

A wonderful opportunity to go back in time by almost 200 years and to read a traveller’s first hand thoughts and personal impressions of Paris and their daily experiences of Parisian life and of visits to see artworks in its galleries and museums.

There is a small loss to one sliver of veneer on the hinged clasp and very light wear consistent with age and careful use to the book covers – as shown - but in all respects the case and books are in excellent original antique condition.