Advis pour dresser une Bibliotheque. Presenté à Monseigneur le President de Mesme.

Woodcut device on title. 4 p.l., 164 pp. Thick 8vo, cont. calf (upper joint with small defect at head), spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Rolet le Duc, 1644.

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JACOB, Louis. Traicté des Plus Belles Bibliotheques Publiques et Particulieres, qui ont esté, & qui sont à present dans le monde. 10 p.l., 438 pp.; 1 p.l., 439-717, [73] pp. Two parts in one vol. 8vo. Paris: Rolet le Duc, 1644.

A most appealing sammelband in fine contemporary state from the library of Claude Marie Févret de Fontette (1710-72), conseiller to the Parliament of Burgundy and editor of the Bibliothèque Historique de France. With Fontette’s engraved bookplate.

I. Second edition, “reveuë corrigée & augmentée” by Naudé himself, of a work of the greatest importance in the history of book collecting and libraries; Naudé’s bibliographic canon still influences us today. It is the first comprehensive guide devoted to how to form a library in which Naudé also stresses the importance of making the library available to the public. One can understand the continuing importance of this book by noting the many reprints in French and translations into other languages well into the 20th century.

Naudé (1600-53), Cardinal Mazarin’s librarian, “advised collectors to buy books on all subjects, taking pains to seek out the best commentaries and critical editions; the contents were all-important, and nothing was to be bought on account of its antiquity, appearance or associations.”–Hobson, Great Libraries, p. 14. Naudé said that it was necessary to gather all types of books, regardless of the author’s religion or political beliefs.

II. First edition of the first history of public and private libraries ever to be published. It is a scarce book and of great importance owing to the abundance of information contained in it. According to the Index, about 1000 libraries throughout Europe, both public and private, are described, among them many of which there is no further record. The account of English, Scottish, and Irish libraries occupies more than sixty pages and we find descriptions and histories of the various libraries at Oxford, Sion, the cathedral libraries, and many others. The descriptions of the libraries of France (pp. 439-717) are even more comprehensive and exact.

Jacob (1608-70), French bibliophile and librarian, was inspired by Gabriel Naudé to write this book.

Fine copies. Two ownership inscriptions on first title inked-out at an early date.

❧ I. Viardot, Jean, “Naissance de la bibliophilie: les cabinets de livres rares,” in Histoire des Bibliothèques françaises. Les bibliothèques sous l’Ancien Régime 1530-1789, p. 270–“L’Advis a exercé une influence profonde et durable sur le monde du livre. Il faut admettre avec Dacier qu’il a été pour son temps ‘un guide, le premier du genre où cette question était traitée d’ensemble et sous tous ses aspects et qu’il a occupé une place et joué un rôle éminents dans l’histoire des idées’.” See Archer Taylor’s edition of the Evelyn translation of Naudé’s book (Berkeley & Los Angeles: 1950).

Price: $9,500.00

Item ID: 2974

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