Publisher: Paris: Chez Emery, Saugrain, Pierre Martin, 1730.
Condition: Binding rubbed and a little chipped at the head and foot of the spine, but complete. Very good example.
Book ID: 28523
Description4to, 26 x 20.5 cm, contemporary mottled calf, maroon morocco spine label, gilt decorations and lettering.
CommentsVolume 23 of 36 of a famous and relatively common work (i.e., a doorstop) of 18th century French theology. This odd volume is of interest because it has been made into a "Book Safe," which is described by Sidney E. Berger in the forthcoming second (significantly revised) edition of his magisterial The Dictionary of the Book as "a book that has been hollowed out so that it sits on a shelf looking like an ordinary book but is designed to hide valuables (jewelry, money, or miniature books). As it is done to deceive, the title page and several of the front pages will usually be left intact so that someone opening the volume will see what looks like an ordinary text block. All of the other leaves of the volume might be glued together, with that little boxlike opening additionally glued to the rear board. It is a form of an altered book but not for artistic purposes." This example looks like a normal book for signatures A-H2, but following that is the hollowed out section, which uses the original marbled rare free endpaper as the liner.