Catalogue des Livres Rares et Précieux de feu M. Gouttard, par Guillaume De Bure...

xvi, 246, [4], 4 pp. 8vo, cont. attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards. Paris: G. de Bure, 1780.

An important sale of 1604 lots; this copy has been priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Gouttard's collection was rich in first editions of classical literature and history and many of the books were on large paper or vellum and in the finest possible condition. There is a biographical sketch of Gouttard serving as the Preface in which it is noted that Gouttard edited texts of Horace and Virgil. All the great collectors and dealers of the period purchased at this sale, including Comte d'Artois; d'Hangard; Le Camus de Limaire; Loliée; Gouttard de Le Veville, "héritier du mort"; Anisson du Perron fils; Naigeon; le Président de Saint-Fargeau; Pâris de Préfond; and the booksellers Bailli, Henri, Janetus, Tillard and Ysquerdo (buying for the King of Spain).

Very little is known about Gouttard, not even his first name, apart from Naigéon's statement that he had inherited wealth and died at the age of fifty-four from a disease of the chest. De Bure's catalogue is an excellent compilation, with extensive notes to many of the lots.

This copy has the rare 4-page schedule of the sale and the even more rare 4-page "État des Bronzes, Procelaines, Bijoux & autres effets précieux de la successsion de Monsieur Gouttard, dont la vente se fera en l'une des salles de l'Hotel de Bullion, le 24 Mars 1781, de relevée" (51 lots).

Blogie cols. 14-15. Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Books Auctions...1643-1830, 291. Peignot, p. 101­"Belle collection de classiques: ce catalogue n'est pas commun." Pollard & Ehrman no. 296. Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 243.

Price: $1,500.00

Item ID: 140