Not Sold at Auction; Printed on Handmade Paper

Catalogue des Livres, manuscrits et imprimés, composant la Bibliothèque de M. Armand Cigongne…précédé d’une Notice bibliographique par M. Leroux de Lincy.

Title printed in red & black. xlii, one leaf, 553 pp. Thick 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound in cont. green half-morocco & marbled boards (a bit scuffed), t.e.g, others uncut. Paris: L. Potier, 1861.

No higher praise could be bestowed on the collection of Cigongne (1790-1859), a Paris stockbroker born in Nantes, than the mention of the fact that it was acquired before its sale in 1861 by the Duc d’Aumale for his library at Chantilly, of which it still forms an important part. The collection contained the gems of French literature in carefully selected and bound copies, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, etc., many with highly important provenances.

The sale catalogue was printed but apparently was never published. After the library was bought by d’Aumale for 375,000 frs., it was issued with a half-title, title and (new?) preface by Adrien-Jean-Victor Le Roux de Lincy (b. 1806), librarian at the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal. It is quite likely that Le Roux assisted in the compilation of the catalogue, which has a large index. This is one of the very few copies printed on heavy handmade paper (half-title and title are on ordinary paper), probably for the Duc d’Aumale.

Fine copy with the red morocco ex-libris, lettered in gold, of Andres Roure, Barcelona. From the library of Bernard H. Breslauer.

❧ Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, Supp. cols. 348-50–“C’est un beau volume grand in-8 fort bien imprimé”–(& see the long note describing the contents of the collection).

Price: $1,500.00

Item ID: 3759