16 p.l., 398 pp.; 27 pp. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, cont. calf (extremities a little rubbed), contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Rouen: A. Maurry for L. Billaine, 1678.
Third edition (1st ed.: 1664) “of the earliest extant bibliography of bibliographies. It is basically an alphabetical list, arranged by authors’ first names, followed by eight intricate subject indices, among them one of publishers’ and booksellers’ catalogues. Appended is a very useful numismatic bibliography. The work enjoyed three later editions during the seventeenth century and provided the basis for Teissier. Labbé (1607-67), one of the most learned polymaths of his time, was a Jesuit professor of philosophy in Paris.”–Grolier Club, Bibliography, 62–(1st ed.).
The work attributed to John Selden on the title-page is actually by Alessandro Sardi (1520-88), and first appeared in 1579.
There is also included a substantial bibliography on weights and measures.
Haebler, in his Handbuch, states that this is the second book on incunabula and the first in which the word is used in connection with printing.
A fine copy with some minor foxing.
❧ Taylor, Book Catalogues, pp. 176, 208, & 219-20.
Item ID: 1646