[EARLY FRENCH JUVENILES]. MALO, M. Charles. Les Capitales De L'Europe. Promenades Pittoresques: Vienne; Constantinople; Paris; St. Petersbourg; Madrid; Londres; Berlin; Rome. Paris; Marcilly Fils, Ainé. Rue S.-Jacques, No. 21. .
12mo.; 8 vols (each 98 x 154mm); each volume charmingly bound in publisher's blind-stamped glazed paper boards and presented in a range of sugared almond colours with oval panels to each upper cover lettered in black, all housed within the scarce, original, and handsome, publisher's presentation box (223 x 178 x 30mm) which is decorated and edged with richly embossed gilt foil with a large, and handcoloured, oval pictorial label (with gilded border in relief) onlaid to lid; the box lined in pink glazed paper throughout base and lid with two internal compartments, as usual lacking the silk ribbons to lift the books from the box; each volume 36pp.; each with an engraved and exquisitely handcoloured frontispiece in the form of a city scene; the books externally fine with only a trace of very light dust-soiling, internally also very attractive with some light foxing throughout (heavier in Paris and Rome); the box remarkably entirely complete with no replaced edges and with mild overall soiling and rubbing, with corner wear and splitting to edges of lid (now neatly repaired); rare complete, with the box, in this pretty condition.
First editions. A delightful, and impressive, set of early nineteenth century French works describing, and depicting, the cities of Europe, elegantly housed for presentation.