Limited Edition Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Library Trunk with Stand
Circa 1910, serial no. 209451
With four compartments and top inscribed Encyclopedia Brittanica for Louis Vuitton. 10 1/2 x 35 x 13 inches (26.6 x 88.9 x 33 cm), height of stand 8 inches (20.3 cm).
Louis Vuitton reigns supreme in the world of personalized trunks. Long before the age of the internet, Encyclopedia Brittanica was one of the most complete and best researched surveys of knowledge and science in the late nineteenth and early twntieth centuries. In 1910, its publisher placed an order for 1,000 trunks in anticipation of the the encyclopedia's eleventh edition. Louis Vuitton specially made each of the 1000 editions of the trunk to hold the twenty-nine volumes of this edition.
For a similar trunk from the same order see: Pierre Léonforte and Éric Pujalet-Plaà, 100 Legendary Trunks: Louis Vuitton, Abrams New York: 2010, p. 253.
C The Estate of Joanna S. Rose
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