Complete set of 20 volumes bound in leather with only 50 sets produced. Colour frontis pieces, photogravure plates throughout, with captioned tissue guards. Additional uncolored plates throughout. (8vo), original full black morocco, elaborate gilt borders on covers with red fleur-de-lis center and corner devices, spines gilt, top edges gilt. One of 50 sets of the "Connoisseur Astral" Edition. Includes memoirs of Richelieu, Madame D'Epinay, Fouche, Marmontel, Madame Du Barri, Empress Josephine, Talleyrand, Cardinal de Retz, and Henry IV.
Condition: 6 books have separated front covers, on one the spine is starting to separate as well, but overall very good with little or no discoloration to spines and covers.
A similar set in worse condition sold at auction in 2010 for $2016 ($1680 plus 20% buyers premium), another set is currently available from an antiquarian book dealer in London at a price of £2950 ($4472 at today's rate). DOn't miss this, who knows when the next set will come to market.
Books will be professionally packed, shipped insured for purchase price, adult signature required for delivery.