Catalogue des Livres du Cabinet de Mr. G... D... P...disposé & mis en Ordre par Guill. François De Bure le jeune…avec une Table alphabétique des Auteurs.
Par Guillaume-Franç. De Bure, le jeune. 3 p.l., lv, , 241 pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (head of spine a little worn), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G.F. De Bure, 1757.
One of the choicest and most celebrated collections formed in France during the 18th century, this copy has been priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Girardot, a timber merchant, on his retirement from business, became depressed. As Bogeng relates, his doctor, Hyacinthe Baron, himself an important collector, advised him to cure his melancholia by forming a library. The result is recorded in De Bure’s excellently compiled catalogue. Many of the books and MSS. in the collection were bound by Padeloup in the most luxurious fashion. 1428 lots with nine scientific instruments also sold at the end. One of the principal buyers was the Duc de La Vallière.
Immediately upon having sold this collection, Girardot embarked upon forming a second, which he sold in 1769 for 50,000 francs to Count Mac-Carthy, displaying both great taste and business acumen.
Very attractive copy.
❧ Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions…1643-1830, 135. Guigard, II, p. 235–“Ce catalogue est très estimé.” Peignot, p. 100–“Catalogue très estimé.” Pollard & Ehrman no. 287. Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 256.disposé & mis en Ordre par Guill. François De Bure le jeune…avec une Table alphabétique des Auteurs.
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