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The Golden Legend

La légende dorée

Artist: Alexandre Lunois (1863 - 1916) Lithographer
Artist: Jacopo de Voragine (1229 - 1298) Author
Artist: Henri Piazza (active ) Translator
Artist: Galerie Boudet (active ) Publisher
Artist: A. Lahure (active late 19th - early 20th century) Printer
Artist: Auguste Clot (1858 - 1936) Printer
Date: 1896
19th century
Dimensions: 13.19 x 9.84 in. (33.5 x 25 cm)
Object Type: Book
Creation Place: Europe, France
Medium and Support: paper
Credit Line: Gift of James Reed, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.35.878
Not on view.

One the major advantages of color lithography was its adaptability to all segments of the consumer market, from cheap advertisements to deluxe illustrated volumes like this French translation of Jacopo de Voragine's The Golden Legend, a 13th-century collection of tales of Christian saints. The text was accompanied by 75 lithographs by Lunois, and was framed by 75 woodcut borders designed by the artist. The volume came enclosed in a special folder, with an embossed seal bearing the motto carpe dilecta, or “seize prized things.”

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