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The lot that caught my eye, however, was a five volume work called État général des tapisseries de la manufacture des Gobelins…1600-1900, in rubbed gilt tooled leather bindings featuring fleurs de lys, which sold for £1150.

Compiled by Maurice Fenaille, this, I assume, was the work printed at the Imprimerie Nationale in Paris in the years 1903-23.

The only other auction record I could find was for an example described as one of 325 folio sets on papier vélin, illustrated with 287 plates and bound in half morocco gilt. That set made $7500 at Christie’s New York in 1999.