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||Goatskin (includes morocco, turkey etc)
||Blocked in gold; Blocked in blind
||Volney, Constantin Francois de, Count
||Part of the Charles Ramsden Collection of Signed Bindings. In a contemporary gold-tooled blue morocco binding signed by Purgold. With the arms of the Coventry family stamped on the covers. See Julien Flety, Dictionnaire des reliures francais ayant exerce de 1800 a nos jours, 1988. Macchi states; first half century, Paris, bound by L. G. Purgold. Little seems to be known of this great figure in Romantic binding, who died in his heyday in 1829. He was born in Darmstadt, probably in 1784. He established himself in 1810. He is first mentioned in the Almanachs in 1816 at Dauphine 35, received a Medal of Honour in 1818; moved to Cassette 18 in 1821 and apparently after 1826 to rue du Roule 15. He was apparently associated with Hering, from about 1820 till 1825. His wife, born Anne Thérèse Langlois carried on bookbinding marrying Antoine Bauzonnet, gilder in the workshop since 1820. (Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Relieurs et reliures, 1995, p. 542-543; J. Fléty, Dictionnaire, p. 148; C. Ramsden, French bookbinders, p. 166-167).