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Front cover.
Spencer, William Augustus, 1855-1912 (Donor)
Coppée, François (1842-1908)
Gruel, Léon (1841-1923)

Books bequeathed by William Augustus Spencer

Le passant : comédie en vn acte en vers

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1897
Place: Paris
Publisher: A. Magnier
Date Created: 1903
Library locations
Spencer Collection
bindings (gathered matter components)
Book covers
Content: Binding, by Gruel, 1903, of full tan-colored calf. Sides within fillets in gilt and in blind forming at the ends of the board rectangular compartments adorned with branches of flowers and foliage, and at the corners, square compartments containing eight bust medallions after motifs from the gates of the baptistry in Florence; the entire ornamentation modelled by hand and chiselled in the leather. Doublé with dark blue morocco. Center panel within five fillets plain, a sixth au pointillé, and an inner frame of two fillets enclosing a third in blind; at the bottom, the monogram of Mr. Spencer. Back tooled and lettered. With gilt edges and lining of blue grosgrain silk. Original covers bound in. Inserted in the end papers, an autograph letter from M. Gruel concerning the binding. In loose leather protective cover, tooled and lettered, and inserted in slip case.
Type of Resource
Still image
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 30b20880-c5c7-012f-e00a-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1855: Creator Born
  • 1897: Issued
  • 1903: Created
  • 1912: Creator Died
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

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Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. "Front cover." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1903.

Chicago/Turabian Format

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Wikipedia Citation

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Front cover.