LEPELLE DE BOIS-GALLAIS, [Frédéric]. ~ The Sermon on the Mount. Gospel of Saint Matthew. Illuminated by F Lepelle de Bois Gallais. [n.p. ?London, c. 1854].
18mo (120 × 85 mm), pp. 32, each printed on backgrounds and borders in gold silver and colours on thick paper/card stock, each neatly mounted on linen guards. Some marginal browning, offset from title page to initial blank, slight darkening to the metallic inks. Contemporary black morocco by Hayday for Cosworth & Harrison: 215 Regent Street. Slightly rubbed
Sole edition of this charming gift book printed in chromolithography with metallic inks and colours in which the text of the Gospel is augmented with the Lord’s Prayer and others. Each of the borders includes additional miniatures and is decorated with naturalistic floral motifs with poppies, irises, teasels and other plants as well as several animals (incuding a cat and a monkey). Almost nothing is known of the illuminator, though a couple of examples of unpublished illuminations by him are noted by Isabelle Saint-Martin in her article, ‘Rêve médiéval et invention contemporaine; variations sur l’enluminure en France au XIXe siècle’, in The Revival of Medieval Illumination, ed. Thomas Coomans & Jan de Maeyer (Leuven, 2007), p. 117. Not in McLean. Rare: Worldcat lists copies at BL, Cambridge, Royal Danish Library and Vancouver Public Library only.