Catalogue des Livres choisis et bien conditionnés du Cabinet M***

[filled-in by a cont. hand: Dincourt d’Hangard]. Dont la vente se fera le Lundi 9 Mars 1789, & les jours suivans. ix, [1], 11-20, 270 pp., 1 leaf, [271]-316 pp. (“Tables des Auteurs”); 18 pp. (“Supplement”); 26 pp. (“Liste des Prix”). 8vo, cont. sheep (blank corner of title & pp. 181-84 torn away), spine gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spine. Paris: Née de la Rochelle & Belin Junior, 1789.

[bound with]:

(LE VAVASSEUR DE LA HÉRONNIERE). Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliothèque de feu M. Le Vavasseur de la Héronniere; Composé d’articles précieux, tant par les Editions que par les Reliures. Dont la Vente commencera Lundi 20 Avril 1789 & jours suivans. 2 p.l., 126 pp. (of 128, lacking errata leaf). 8vo. Paris: Nyon, Le Boucher, Née de la Rochelle, 1789.

Two uncommon sale catalogues from the library of Jean Viardot.

I. The collection (2499 lots) of Dincourt d’Hangard was “un des plus belles bibliothèques de ce temps.”–Peignot, p. 102. According to the “Avertissement,” the majority of the books come from other celebrated 18th-century French collections including those of Gouttard, Randon de Boisset, La Vallière, and Paris de Meyzieux. There are also some fine early MSS. as well as prints. “Bibliothèque bien choisie; bonnes éditions de classiques, beaux ouvrages d’histoire naturelle.”–Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 469.

This copy is complete with the separately published supplement, price-list, and authors’ index. One or more is usually missing. Priced throughout in a contemporary hand. 2499 lots in the main catalogue and another 175 in the Supplement.

Minor foxing.

II. A most uncommon catalogue of an important sale; this is the first time I have handled a copy. This library, for the most part finely bound, consists largely of excellent 18th-century editions. 1706 lots.

Nice copies, attractively bound. Bookplate of Casimir de Persan.

❧ I. Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Books Auctions…1643-1830, 339. Pollard & Ehrman no. 299. II. Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Books Auctions…1643-1830, 340.

Price: $6,500.00

Item ID: 3319