Book titled, Catherine de Médicis by Henri Bouchot (1849-1906). The book contains the biography of Catherine de Médicis, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of France (1519-1589). Original edition, copy number XXXVI (36). Published by Jean Boussod, Manzi, Joyant & Cie, Paris in 1899. Bound by Lucien Durvand, master French binder in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (signed "DURVAND REL. / FAU & LEF." within gilt on bottom left and right corners of front cover). Full plates printed in grisaille, sepia and colour accompany text. The full gilt-tooled red leather book cover is separating from pages. Catherine and Henri II's conjoined ciphers (H and double-C) are gilt on spine and cover. Catherine's motto "Bringing light and peace of mind" in Greek surround central ciphers on front and back covers. Edges of pages are gilded. A gold, orange and green thin ribbon bookmark sewn to top of spine. There is a printed-paper bookplate for Charles MacA. Willcox adhered to interior of front cover. All text in in French.