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Le Roman de la Momie, by Théophile Gauthier, illustrated by Georges Rochegrosse. 1920. This binding, an ornate and colorful mix of art nouveau and art deco is by Jean. The cover insides are of leather and silk. Notice that leather is never closed against leather, as the humidity would make the two stick together, hence the silk covered page. At the turn of the last century, the public had a fascination for everything Egyptian. This infatuation translated into books, opera, paintings, music. This "archaeological" novel is about a beautiful love story in ancient Egypt.

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