Ornamental plate showing a Gothic-inspired architectural composition depicting a man on a balcony with a bird of prey on his hand, lancet windows, a rosace, trefoil and quatrefoil elements, etc.
The caption reads in the original French:
Style gothique fantaisie.
This book consists of an incomplete series of twenty-six plates (possibly etchings) sorted in no particular order. The inscriptions suggest that these plates were first published in a series of installments and later privately bound into book form. This, at least, would explain why the usual markers of regular book publishing, such as publication date, colophon, etc., are missing. The front flyleaf bears minimal handwritten information, notably the possible year of the binding work: 1841.