Bibliotheca Coisliniana, olim Segueriana; sive Manuscriptorum Omnium Graecorum...accedunt Anecdota bene multa ex eadem Bibliotheca desumta cum Interpretationes Latina, studio & opera D. Bernardi de Montfaucon...
Bibliotheca Coisliniana, olim Segueriana; sive Manuscriptorum Omnium Graecorum...accedunt Anecdota bene multa ex eadem Bibliotheca desumta cum Interpretationes Latina, studio & opera D. Bernardi de Montfaucon...

Bibliotheca Coisliniana, olim Segueriana; sive Manuscriptorum Omnium Graecorum...accedunt Anecdota bene multa ex eadem Bibliotheca desumta cum Interpretationes Latina, studio & opera D. Bernardi de Montfaucon...

Five engraved plates, two finely engraved headpieces, & several engravings in the text (some full-page). 12 p.l., 810 pp. Folio, cont. polished speckled calf, spine richly gilt. Paris: Guerin & Robustel, 1715.

First edition of this monumental catalogue, compiled by Montfaucon, the eminent historian and founder of Greek paleography, of the magnificent collection of Greek MSS. owned by Coislin (1664-1732), French prelate. A very scarce book, this is only the second copy I have had in thirty years.

Most of the manuscripts come from the library of Pierre Séguier (1588-1682), the celebrated Chancellor of France and Coislin’s grandfather. “The manuscripts were given to the abbey of St. Germain des Prés in 1731. Part of them were burned in 1793 and the remainder is now in the Bibliothèque Nationale.”–Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 237. Thus, this catalogue is the best record we have of these wonderful MSS.

Montfaucon’s catalogue is considered to be an extraordinary piece of scholarship.

Fine and handsome copy with the large and attractive engraved bookplate of Nicholas Joseph Foucault (1643-1721), Marquis de Magny, statesman, archeologist, and bibliophile. He formed an important and large collection of illuminated manuscripts and printed books.

❧ Peignot, pp. 89-90–“Catalogue précieux; le nombre des manuscrits dont le rédacteur donne la description, est d’environ 400. Plusieurs avoient été tirés des monastères syriens, situés sur le mont Athos. Chaque manuscrit est bien décrit; on en détermine l’état, et par conjecture dans quel temps il a paru.”.

Price: $12,500.00

Item ID: 1640

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