Title printed in red & black. viii, 87 pp. 8vo, cont. half-morocco & marbled boards, spine gilt, t.e.g., signed by R. Raparlier. Paris: J. Techener, 1863.
The sale catalogue of the small but extremely choice collection of Léopold Double, originally an artillery officer and later a co-founder of one of the large Mediterranean shipping lines. His splendid library was formed in three short years with an annual expenditure of 50,000 francs. The 397 lots realized the extraordinary sum of 272,000 francs. The preface includes a letter to Double by Paul Lacroix (“Bibliophile Jacob”), expressing his passionate regret at Double’s precipitous decision to...
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Title printed in red & black. viii, 87 pp. 8vo, cont. half-morocco & marbled boards, spine gilt, t.e.g., signed by R. Raparlier. Paris: J. Techener, 1863.
2 p.l., 286 pp. Small 8vo, orig. blue wrappers. Dresden: “Gedruckt beym Hofbuchdrucker Meinhold,” 1807.
A very rare Dresden book auction catalogue; Loh, V, p. 227 locates no copy. This was a large sale of 5598 lots. While most of the lots are 17th and 18th century, there are a good number of 16th-century books as well. The range of subjects is impressive. and many of the books are in French, English, and Latin.
Segnitz was a long-standing auctioneer of books, natural history specimens, and art in Dresden. He sold many famous libraries during his career. Known for issuing catalogues that listed books in...
Four vols. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (covers of Vol. I lightly stained, spines dust-soiled, lightly foxed throughout as usual). The Hague: J. Swart & P. de Hondt, 1725.
With its almost 30,000 lots this was the largest sale ever held in any country up to 1725, a record not broken until the Thott sale (Copenhagen: 1789-1795) and the Heber sales of the 1830s. The Du Bois sale lasted for nearly two months.
This extraordinary library was the creation of the Abbé Jean-Paul Bignon (1662-1743), who was for many years secretary of the Académie des Sciences. When, in 1718, he was appointed Bibliothécaire du...
Engraved frontis. port. of the collector & an engraved vignette on title. 6 p.l. (incl. port.), xxii, 450, 107*,  pp.,  leaves of index. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (corners a bit worn), spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1725.
One of the finest French 18th-century collections; the sale catalogue of the library of Du Fay (1662-1723), is considered to be the best of those compiled by Gabriel Martin, who made Paris the international center for the sale of rare books by auction. Du Fay, after losing his leg in the bombardment of Brussels in 1695, devoted the rest of...
Engraved frontis. port. of the collector & an engraved vignette on title. 6 p.l., xxii, 450, 107*,  pp., 27 leaves. 8vo, cont. sheep (upper joint partly cracked but very strong), spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1725.
One of the finest French 18th-century collections; the sale catalogue of the library of Charles Jérôme de Cisternay Du Fay (1662-1723), is considered to be the best of those compiled by Gabriel Martin, who made Paris the international center for the sale of rare books by auction. Du Fay, after losing his leg in the bombardment of Brussels in 1695, retired from...
2 p.l., 94 pp., 11 pp. schedule of sale. 8vo (200 x 130 mm.), orig. marbled paper wrappers preserved in red morocco-backed marbled boards, black morocco lettering-pieces on spine. Paris: Lebrun, 1784.
A rare sale catalogue, priced throughout in two distinct hands and with many buyers’ names, of the first Dubois sale, in which paintings by contemporary French artists and Northern old masters were almost equally represented. The second sale was also conducted by Lebrun, on 20 December 1785 (Lugt 3965), and the third, organized by Paillet, took place on 18 December 1788 (Lugt 4367).
“It was during the 1780s that, for the first time, a number of collections came onto...
2 p.l., ii, 20 pp. 8vo (202 x 127 mm.), modern marbled boards, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Pérignon & Chariot; Amsterdam: Coclers; Antwerp: Beckmans; Brussels: Marnef; Ghent: Spruyt; Manheim: Artaria; London: Wood Burn, 1816.
A scarce auction catalogue issued by the expert Alexis Nicolas Pérignon (1785-1864), who presided over a number of important sales — Constantin, Denon, J.L. David — in the 1810s and 1820s. He was also appointed the commissaire-expert des Musées Royaux, a prestigious title once held by the leading dealer and taste-maker Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun (1748-1813). Dufresne, the consignor to this sale, was a wealthy stockbroker.
This catalogue describes 65 lots, including paintings by Bega, N. Berghem, Brauwer, B. Breenbergh, Dou, Dujardin, Metsu, A. & I. van Ostade, Steen, Teniers, Ph. & P. Wouwerman, etc. Some of the entries have extensive notes, and measurements are provided for most pictures.
38 pp. 8vo (209 x 138 mm.), loosely stitched, disbound. Paris: Olivier & Henry, 1814.
The very scarce catalogue of a Parisian painting restorer’s intriguing collection of pictures. Dufresne, whose first name is unknown, resided on rue Taitbout and then on rue Saint-Lazare. This catalogue’s foreword mentions that he has worked as a tasteful and able restorer for the past 15 years.
The catalogue describes 124 lots of paintings, including work of Albani, van Asch, Boilly, Bidault, J. Brueghel, van Bloemen, Marguérite Gérard, Drolling, van Goyen, de La Hire, Lantara, Poelenburgh, Swagers, Taunay, D. Teniers, Zurbarán, etc. The subjects in many of the pictures...
16 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1818.
A very scarce sale catalogue of drawings and prints; we locate no copy in North America. The present example bears a contemporary ink inscription on the title-page recording the seller as a jeweler named “Devoix,” which is supported by Lugt’s examination of other copies. The 1812 Dictionnaire topographique of the Paris area lists a jeweler named “François Devoix” on quai des Orfèvres, no. 42, also noted as the favored jeweler of the prince and princess Borghese.
61 lots, with drawings by Baltard, Boissieu, Demarne, Taunay, Vauzelle, H. Vernet, Veron, etc. Lots 39-61 are individual prints and ensembles. Each entry provides a concise description and measurements.
2 p.l., x, 239 pp.; 279 pp.; 146 pp.; 2 p.l., xii, 252 pp.; 187 pp. Five parts in two vols. 8vo, cont. calf (well-rebacked & recornered with the orig. spines laid-down, some browning), spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: J. Guerin, 1740.
The library of the Duc d’Estrées (1660-1737), was probably the largest private library in France of its time, comprising 52,000 volumes. The prices realized were low, no doubt depressed by the huge quantity of material offered. Although the Duc de Saint-Simon, perhaps somewhat maliciously, stated that his fellow-duke’s vast library had been packed up in bales throughout his life, the library...
1 p.l., 3, , [v]-xx, 338 pp. 8vo, attractive antique blue morocco-backed marbled boards (title slightly browned), spine gilt. Paris: Tilliard Frères, Juin 1810.
The uncommon sale catalogue of the library of Fourcroy (1755-1809), the great chemist. The catalogue lists 2781 lots of which about 2000 are works on science and medicine. Many rare chemical books are listed. It is preceded by a biographical note including a bibliography of Fourcroy’s writings and a schedule of the sale. At the end, there is a 68-column index.
According to Peignot, the compiler of the catalogue was François Henri Stanislas de l’Aulnay (1739-1831), the author of...
1 p.l., 120 pp.; 21 p. & 19 leaves of author index in a contemporary hand. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1752.
One in a series of the very rare later auction catalogues issued by Gabriel Martin (the Paris de Meyzieu of 1761 being his last). This library was formed by Gravelle (1699-1752), a magistrate in the court of inquiry of the Paris Parliament who is today best remembered for his Recueil de pierres gravées antiques, published between 1732 and 1739, and for his parody L’Amant déguisé, which...
xvii, 311 pp. 8vo, cont. blue straight-grained half-morocco & paste-paper boards (upper joint a little wormed). Paris: Tilliard Frères, August 1811.
A fine sale of 2325 lots, containing about 15,000 volumes, and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. The savant Haillet (1728-1810), a member of a distinguished noble family, formed a library particularly rich in natural history, geography, antiquities, literary history, and bibliography. We learn from the “Avertissement” that Haillet began to collect books at the age of 12 and ultimately formed a library amounting to 48,000 volumes. A fire at the Château de Couronne destroyed more than 16,000 volumes (and another...
viii, 63 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Dubois, 1832.
A rare sale catalogue of a varied and rich collection formed by one of Napoleon’s trusted advisors. Hauterive (1754-1830), statesman and archivist, fled from the Revolution to the United States, where he served as French consul in New York. He was recalled to France by Talleyrand to a high post in the office of foreign affairs in 1798. The two collaborated on De L’État de la France à la fin de l’an VIII (1800), which justified Napoleon’s coup d’état to the world...
Lithographed frontis. port. of the collector & one plate. xxi, 368 pp.; xii, 459 pp.; x, 457 pp. Three vols. Thick 8vo, cont. marbled boards, orange leather lettering pieces on spines. Brussels: F. Heussner, 1860-61-60.
This magnificent library was one of the greatest and most complete ever formed on the history, heraldry, genealogy, and numismatics of the Low Countries. The collection was the most important sold since Lammens and van Hulthem 25 years earlier. De Jonghe (1801-60), diplomat and lawyer and the heir of a great fortune, formed his collection over a thirty year period. 10,923 lots including many important early MSS. and...
This magnificent library was one of the greatest and most complete ever formed on the history, heraldry, genealogy, and numismatics of the Low Countries. The collection was the most important sold since Lammens and van Hulthem 25 years earlier. De Jonghe (1801-60), diplomat and lawyer and the heir of a great fortune, formed his collection over a thirty-year period.
10,923 lots including many important early MSS. and books, notable bindings, etc.
Finely engraved frontis. xx, 316 pp. Small 8vo, cont. mottled calf (expertly rebacked), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Vente, 1767.
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(—). Catalogue raisonné de Porcelaines, tant anciennes, premiere forte, qu’ancien Japon & la Chine: d’Effets précieux d’anciens Lacqs, riches Meubles de Boule, & Bijoux, faisant partie du Cabinet de feu… Par C.F, Julliot, Marchand… 80 pp., one leaf of approbation. [Paris: Didot, 1767].
60 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Leblanc, 1824.
The very rare sale catalogue of a notable collection of 325 prints by Dürer, Masson, Nanteuil, Rembrandt, etc., as well as illustrated books, snuff boxes, and sculptures. From the biographical sketch we learn that Karcher (1773-1824), was a prominent financial administrator under Napoleon who participated in the Congress of Vienna. His many years abroad in Germany and Italy enabled him to amass an impressive art collection.
410 lots. Nice copy.
xiii, , 400 pp.; xii, 55 pp.; vi, 192 pp. Three parts in one vol. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (binding a little soiled), arms in gilt of Baron de Walckenaer on covers, single gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, black leather lettering piece on spine, t.e.g., others uncut. Paris: L. Potier, 1862.
A nice copy of the sale catalogue of the second of two libraries formed by La Bédoyère (1782-1861), one of the greatest French book collections of the second half of the 19th century. Immediately after selling his first library in 1837, he started on a second which was sold...
xii, 396 pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1754.
A rare sale catalogue of the library of a Fermier général. According to the Preface by Gabriel Martin, La Haye (1684-1753) was a son of one of the Sécretaires du Roi; he became a Fermier General in 1718 and served in this capacity until his death in 1753 at the age of sixty-nine. He was extremely successful and acquired the Hôtel Lambert from the Marquis du Châtelet in 1745 and lived there in great luxury with a large staff. He formed one of...
viii, 195 pp., 4 pp. of De Bure Bros. ads. 8vo, early 20th-cent. green half-morocco & marbled boards (occasional foxing), spine gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. Paris: De Bure frères, 1831.
One of the greatest sales of costume books. La Mésangère (1761-1831), “fondateur et éditeur du Journal des Modes, les propriétaire de cette bibliothèque s’était tout naturellement occupé de réunir un grand nombre d’ouvrages sur les costumes.”–Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 478.
La Mésangère, also the author of Dictionnaire des Proverbes, had a particular interest in early books of proverbs; they are included...
2 p.l., xix, 334 pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed boards, flat spine decorated in gilt & blind. Paris: Crapelet, 1816.
The very rare auction catalogue of the library of La Porte du Theil (1742-1815), French Hellenist and conservator of manuscripts at the Royal Library; he played a role in the early attempts to decipher the Rosetta Stone. The collection was particularly rich in rare Italian books along with a fine collection of bibliography (lots 3248-3326). The preliminary leaves contain a valuable bio-bibliography of the collector by Silvestre de Sacy.
Very good copy and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. 3486 lots.
48 pp. 8vo (180 x 130 mm.), attractive antique marbled boards. Paris: Delaville & Paillet, 1781.
The auction catalogue of 114 paintings belonging to the Duc de la Vallière (1708-80), one of the greatest bibliophiles of the 18th century. This copy is fully priced, with most buyers’ names added in a contemporary hand. In addition to his fervent book collecting, La Vallière amassed an impressive collection of Italian and Northern school paintings, described here.
The present catalogue details 114 lots of paintings and a lot of two porcelain candle-stands. The paintings include the work of Raphael, Veronese, Tintoretto, Jordaens, Teniers, Rembrandt, Dou, Wouwerman, G....
48 pp. 8vo (180 x 130 mm.), late 19th-cent. brown morocco-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: Delaville & Paillet, 1781.
The auction catalogue of 114 paintings belonging to the Duc de la Vallière (1708-80), the greatest bibliophile of the 18th century. This copy is fully priced, with many buyers’ names added in a contemporary hand. In addition to his fervent book collecting, La Vallière amassed an impressive collection of Italian and Northern school paintings, described here.
The present catalogue details 114 lots of paintings and a lot of two porcelain candle-stands. The paintings include the work of Raphael, Veronese, Tintoretto, Jordaens, Teniers, Rembrandt, Dou...