Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux de la Bibliothèque de M. le Comte de La Bédoyère, dont la vente se fera le mardi 4 avril 1837 et les vingt-deux jours suivants, à…Maison Silvestre…. Noël François Henri Huchet AUCTION CATALOGUES: LA BÉDOYÈRE, Comte de.

Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux de la Bibliothèque de M. le Comte de La Bédoyère, dont la vente se fera le mardi 4 avril 1837 et les vingt-deux jours suivants, à…Maison Silvestre…

3 p.l., x, 214 pp., 1 leaf. 8vo, cont. red boards, flat spine gilt, uncut. Paris: Silvestre, 1837.

[bound with]:

(VEINANT, Auguste Alexandre). Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux du Cabinet de M. *** [name supplied in a contemporary hand: “Veinant”] dont la Vente aura lieu le jeudi 20 décembre 1855 et jours suivants. vi, [2], 118 pp. 8vo, uncut. Paris: E. Tross, 1855.

Two important catalogues, attractively bound together. Each priced throughout in a contemporary hand.

I. The sale catalogue of the first library formed by La Bédoyère (1782-1861), one of the best-known French book collectors of the 19th century. The son of one of Napoleon’s generals, La Bédoyère was a high officer in the Gardes du Corps of Louis XVIII and Charles X and chevalier of Saint-Louis and of the Légion d’honneur. Known as one of the most discerning and rigorous collectors, he envisioned forming a library of the best early and modern editions in the most splendid examples. He bought from the leading dealers and made important acquisitions at the sale of Caillard in 1810 and the sales of d’Ourches and Firmin Didot in 1811.

When buying modern luxury books, he often bought five or six copies printed on the finest paper and selected the best leaves from each to form one “extra” superior copy. He sought with great ardor copies of proofs before letters and the original watercolors and drawings which he bound in the most sumptuous style.

“Très-belle bibliothèque, formée par un amateur plein de zèle et très-difficile. Les reliures de Du Seuil, de Padeloup, de Derome sont nombreuses, ainsique les ouvrages non rognés.”–Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 476.

The sale of 1750 lots produced the large sum of 108,753 fr. Immediately after this sale, La Bédoyère started collecting again and the second library was sold in 1862, after his death.

This copy lacks the index.

II. Veinant (d. 1859), formed one of the finest private libraries in Paris of the period. An extremely active collector from his earliest days, Veinant knew all the dealers and fellow collectors and frequented the sales rooms. He had the reputation of being extremely difficult and at the same time being one of the most knowledgeable of bibliophiles.

Fine copies.

❧ I. Guigard, II, pp. 269-70–this sale “passait pour l’une des plus riches de son époque, tant par le choix, le nombre et la variété des sujets, que par le luxe de l’ornementation et de la reliure.” II. Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, cols. 111 & 541-42.

Price: $1,250.00

Item ID: 2844