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Great Exhibition official catalogue. Cover of the official descriptive and illustrated catalogue of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Robert Rivière, of Huguenot descent, set up as a book binder in 1832. This is one of a thousand copies of the Great Exhibition catalogue which were bound in blue morocco leather and decorated with gilt in his workshop. The cover features embossed gold decoration showing a figure on a throne crowning two figures labelled 'Asia' and 'Europe', behind whom are two further figures 'Africa' and 'America'. In France, the Hugenots had been excluded from printing and selling books. As a result, printers and booksellers moved to Holland and England, where there was a demand for foreign literature and scope to introduce new printing methods.
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