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l’Ordre du Sainct Esprit
France, between 1583 and 1585
MS M.927. Cover front

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Heraldry, French: Henry III of France -- Two escutcheons decorated with heraldry of Henry III of France: three fleur de lis or, surmounted by crown; conjoined with; an escutcheon, per pale, dexter displayed eagle, crowned (Poland), sinister, mounted cavalier raising sword with right hand (Lithuania); above bough and letter "H" surmounted by crown; above all surmounted by crown and surrounded by two collars one knotted and interspersed with scallop shells of the Order of the Holy Spirit, and one of interlocking M's alternating with fleur de lis of the Order of Saint Michael, oval medallion of Archangel Michael (transfixing dragon?) and Maltese Cross of the Order of the Holy Spirit in which is dove. Semy of fleur de lis and flames gilt stamped on leather, four gilt cornerpieces enclosing doves and rays.
Bound between 1583 and 1585 by the widow of Nicolas Eve, who filled his office between 1582 and 1584, or by their son, Clovis Eve, who filled the office of director of the bindery beginning in 1584.

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