BAUDON, A. ~ Lettres ornées du 16ème siècle [spine title]. [Paris, c. 1860s].
Watercolour miniatures and initials on thick paper, small 4to (245 × 155 mm), 23 leaves (plus several blanks) mounted on guards. Two or three leaves slightly creased, but generally fine. Contemporary half morocco gilt. Slightly rubbed.
A collection of finely-executed miniatures reproducing in colour sixteenth-century printer’s ornaments and initials: 39 selected initials, three tailpieces, one headpiece and one printer’s device (Giunta, dated on verso 1567). Some are signed, minutely, ‘A. Baudon’ who we have been unable to trace. The artist has copied, in remarkable detail, these metalcut ornaments, reproducing in many cases the speckled backgrounds typical of punched or ‘criblé’ designs.