The carving and condition of the collectible Dieppe hand carved cover on this elegant 1884's Missal Paroissien Romain is exceptional. Carved with laurel branches, a shield and foliage, it is a stunning work of art by a master carver. Nestled in its case, this heirloom Catholic prayer book is a gem for your collection of religious artifacts. The case closes well with a little hook, inside there is aging but this has kept the missal beautiful for over 100 years.
The edges of the pages are gilt, the ornate latch closes well. Inside, 512 pages with prayers, hymns and psalms, each page is surrounded by a red border. One lovely colored illustration graces the front, the tissue guard is intact, there are a few monotone illustrations. A small gem, a small loss on the spine as shown, measures 4~1/8" x 3~1/4" x 7/8".