Catalogue des Livres de feu M. Lancelot, de l'Academie Royale des Belles-Lettres. Antoine AUCTION CATALOGUE: LANCELOT.

Catalogue des Livres de feu M. Lancelot, de l'Academie Royale des Belles-Lettres.

Woodcut device on title. 4 p.l., 424 (i.e. 416) pp., 76* pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf, flat spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1741.

The scarce sale catalogue of the library of Antoine Lancelot (1675-1740), French historian and archeologist and Inspector of the Collège Royal, who assisted Bayle with his Dictionnaire Critique and worked with Mabillon on various scholarly projects. Lancelot served as under-librarian of the Collège Mazarin where he deciphered many of its early manuscripts and arranged the archives.

This was a large and fine library of 6000 lots (often with several books in a lot), particularly rich in French history, and including 240 manuscripts. In his introduction, Martin explains that he has reprinted Lancelot’s own manuscript catalogue with his notes, though somewhat differently classified. The second part, lots numbered 4,745 to 6,000, lists the books acquired by him after the completion of Lancelot’s own catalogue.

Very nice copy with the scarce supplement.

❧ Biographie Universelle, Vol. 23, pp. 322-24. Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 479–“Catalogue important.” Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Books Auctions...1643-1830, 59. Peignot, p. 107. Pollard & Ehrman no. 278.

Price: $2,500.00

Item ID: 2812