Catalogue des Cartes Géographiques, Topographiques & Marines, de la Bibliothèque du Prince Alexandre Labanoff de Rostoff, a Saint-Pétersbourg. Suivi d'une Notice de Manuscrits. Prince Aleksandr Iakovievich LOBANOV-ROSTOVSKII.
Catalogue des Cartes Géographiques, Topographiques & Marines, de la Bibliothèque du Prince Alexandre Labanoff de Rostoff, a Saint-Pétersbourg. Suivi d'une Notice de Manuscrits.

One of 30 Large Paper Copies in a Fine Mosaic

Cathedral Binding by Thouvenin

Catalogue des Cartes Géographiques, Topographiques & Marines, de la Bibliothèque du Prince Alexandre Labanoff de Rostoff, a Saint-Pétersbourg. Suivi d'une Notice de Manuscrits.

2 p.l., viii, 494 pp., 1 leaf of errata. Large thick 8vo (245 x 160 mm.), cont. aubergine straight-grained morocco, sides gilt & inlaid to an elaborate “cathedral” design in the shape of a “gothic” window enclosing a cathedral rose inlaid in ochre, light-green, & red, four bands on spine, two of the compartments lettered in gilt, the others gold-tooled & partly inlaid in light-green morocco, aubergine morocco doublures & triplures brilliantly gilt & blind-tooled, a.e.g., by Joseph Thouvenin (signed at foot of spine “THOUVENIN”), in Paris, ca. 1825. Paris: [Privately Printed by] Firmin-Didot, 1823.

Limited to 340 copies, of which this is one of thirty copies on large “papier vélin,” reserved for presentation to the members of the Société des Bibliophiles Français and magnificently bound in very fine mosaic cathedral-style binding by Joseph Thouvenin. Privately printed, this is one of the earliest Russian private library catalogues and was written by the owner himself with the aid of Charles Piquet.

This is one of the earliest specialized private collection catalogues of atlases and maps. Lobanov-Rostovskii’s magnificent collection consisted of maps, globes, atlases, printed works on geography, cartographical incunabula (including the Ptolemys of 1475, 1478, 1482, 1486, and 1490, etc.), and related early MSS. 2269 items. Lobanov-Rostovskii (1788-1866), Russian diplomat and soldier, formed one of the richest private libraries ever collected in Russia which he left to the Russian state.

“Thouvenin (1790-1834), was the outstanding binder of the French Restoration period. His fame was so universal that both Balzac and Stendhal mentioned him in their novels; it persists to the present day. Among his clientèle he also counted English and Russian collectors. Although he did not invent the style “á la cathédrale,” as is often claimed on his behalf (the London binder Whitaker was its originator), he brought it to perfection, and became its principal practitioner in France.”–Breslauer, Historic & artistic bookbindings from the Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana (1986), no. 27.

A very fine and fresh copy preserved in a box. With the bookplates of “Serrigny” and Bernard H. Breslauer (his sale, Christie’s New York, 21 March 2005, lot 94).

❧ Brunet, III, 706.

Price: $45,000.00

Item ID: 3439