CAILHAVA, Léon (1795-1863), collector
De Tristibus Franciae libri quatuor
Lyon: Perrin, 1840. Quarto. (11 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches). , xvi, ,117 pp., plus numerous plates and illustrations and additional states of the title. Signed by Cailhava.
Nineteenth century full green morocco, by Chamolle-Duru, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt dentelles, gilt edges.
First publication of an important illuminated 16th century manuscript: one of 10 thick paper copies with proof impressions of the plates, bound by Chambolle-Duru.
The publication of this manuscript (now Bibliotheque Municipale de Lyon, Ms. 156) was arranged by its owner, the bibliophile Leon Cailhava. The work describes in verse the civil and religious wars of France, with a particular emphasis on the city of Lyon. The illuminations, reproduced here, include 40 drawings showing the capture of Lyon by the Calvinists. From a total limitation of 120 copies, this is one of 10 on large, thick paper with a proof set of the plates and the title in various states. This copy additionally signed by Cailhava and bound by Chambolle-Duru.