Liechtenstein, Princess Marie. Holland House. London: Macmillan and Co., 1875. Third edition. Extra illustrated with the addition of many engravings (mostly portraits) of the subjects discussed in the book. Bound in full crimson morocco by Lucien Broca, with the covers featuring several gilt and blind-tooled frames, surrounding a diapered design of gilt flowers and dots. Six compartments to spine, with title and author in second and third compartments, and remaining tooled with small floral frames and fleuron centerpieces. Elaborate gilt-rolled turn-ins and dark red marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Measures approx. 6.5" x 9". A few minor spots of rubbing near spine; a beautiful example.
"Master binder Lucien Broca was a Frenchman who came to London to work for Antoine Chatelin, and from 1876 to 1889 he was in partnership with Simon Kaufmann. From 1890 he appears under his own name in Shaftesbury Avenue, and in 1901 he was at Percy Street, calling himself an 'Art Binder.' He was recognized as a superb trade finisher, and Marianne Tidcombe has confirmed that he actually executed most of Sarah Prideaux's bindings from the mid-1890s" (David Brass).