Office de la Semaine Sainte in French and Latin, In-8 (19.9 x 13.4 cm.) maroquin rouge, with the arms of Marie Leczinska (Leszczyska), wife of Louis XV, stamped on both covers. "Aux armes de Marie LECZINSKA (1703-1768) seconde fille de Stanislas LECZINSKI, roi de Pologne, épouse de Louis XV et reine de France en 1725".
The title page is missing from this book, however there are a number of clues that may help us to identify this edition. The most important of these are three full page engravings by J. B. Scotin. Jean-Baptiste Scotin, born in 1678 came from a family of engravers of which the most important members were his father Gérard Scotin I (b 1643), his brother, Gérard-Jean-Baptiste Scotin (1671‚1716), Gérard Scotin II (b Paris, 13 Sept 1698; d after 1755) and also FranÁois-Gérard (b 1703) and Louis-François (d 1769).
A search of his name in relation to the Office de la Semaine Sainte engravings seems to indicate that a number of publishers produced works that included J. B. Scotin engravings. The most popular appears to be a 1728 Paris edition Chez la Veuve Mazieres, & Jean-Baptiste Garnier. This edition is said to have The title-leaf and three plates, engraved by J.B. Scotin
This engraving has been signed J. Scotin Sculp, the other two engraving are signed J. B. Scotin Sculp.
While it would be nice to identify the edition of this publication, it would be even more exciting to identify the binder, I have not found any other examples of this particular "dentelle". While the roll which accompanies it is an almost identical example of a roll used by Boyet. It copies exactly the size and form but lacks a small embellishing detail which can only be spotted under magnification. My guess is that who ever made this tool probably also made the Boyet tool.
Comparative Diagram 1 - Outer Roll from the Leczinska binding vs a similar Luc-Antoine Boyet Roll
On the front paste-down a ticket has been covered with another plain unmarked ticket to hide the inscription on the first, which however, is still faintly visible. A series of photo enhancement processes reveals the hidden script.