Bibliotheca Parisiana. A Catalogue of a Collection of Books, formed by a Gentleman in France…They will be sold by Auction in London, on Monday the 26th of March, 1791, and the Five Days following…. Antoine Marie AUCTION CATALOGUE: [PÂRIS D'ILLINS.

Bibliotheca Parisiana. A Catalogue of a Collection of Books, formed by a Gentleman in France…They will be sold by Auction in London, on Monday the 26th of March, 1791, and the Five Days following…

viii, 164 pp. 8vo, cont. paper-backed pink boards (rather rubbed & a little discolored), uncut. [London: for J. Edwards, 1791].

The English edition, first issue, of the catalogue of this famous sale. For a fascinating account of this catalogue and sale (which caused traffic jams along Pall Mall), see Arthur Rau’s “Bibliotheca Parisina” in The Book Collector (Autumn 1969), pp. 307-17. Amongst the buyers at this sale were Lord Spencer, Douce, Woodhull, Cracherode, and the Duke of Newcastle.

Thanks to the recent researches of Milton McC. Gatch (“The Bibliotheca Parisina” in The Library, Seventh Series, Vol. 12, Number 2 (June 2011), pp. 90-118), we finally know the identity of the consignor: Antoine Marie Pâris d’Illins (1746-1809), a military man who was forced to emigrate in 1792 because of conflicts with the Revolution. Rehabilitated by Napoleon, Pâris d’Illins died as a general of the infantry during the Spanish campaigns at Cocana in 1809. See the entire article to learn more about the collector, his library, Edwards’s additions, etc.

We know that not all the books came from the one library; there were books from Loménie de Brienne, masquerading under another provenance probably for political reasons, and Aldines which Edwards must have obtained in Italy. Nevertheless, this is one of the great sales of the period.

Fine uncut copy. The first issue bears the date of 26th March (not a Monday).

❧ De Ricci, p. 89. Peignot, pp. 116-17. Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 92.

Price: $1,250.00

Item ID: 2815