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Paris au Hasard

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Description Rather than creating a purely decorative design, Émile Carayon devoted this binding's entire front cover to creating a picture that directly reflects the contents of the book. Using a technique called cuir incisé, or incised leather, he brought artist Auguste Lepère's (1849–1918) drawing of a fashionable young woman into lifelike relief. (Lepère also made the wood engravings that illustrate the text.)
  • Bookbindings from the Gilded Age. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1931; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1931

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ink on paper bound between boards covered with calfskin, goatskin, and gold
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 9 3/16 × W: 6 5/16 × D: 1 3/4 in. (23.34 × 16.03 × 4.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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