The Library of Fourcroy
Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliothèque de feu M. A.F. de Fourcroy...
1 p.l., 3, , [v]-xx, 338 pp. 8vo, attractive antique blue morocco-backed marbled boards (title slightly browned), spine gilt. Paris: Tilliard Frères, Juin 1810.
The uncommon sale catalogue of the library of Fourcroy (1755-1809), the great chemist. The catalogue lists 2781 lots of which about 2000 are works on science and medicine. Many rare chemical books are listed. It is preceded by a biographical note including a bibliography of Fourcroy’s writings and a schedule of the sale. At the end, there is a 68-column index.
According to Peignot, the compiler of the catalogue was François Henri Stanislas de l’Aulnay (1739-1831), the author of a book published in 1786 on Pilâtre de Rozier’s antimephitic respirator, upon which he improved.
Very good copy and scarce; this is the first time I have had a copy.
❧ Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions…1643-1830, 496. Neville, I, pp. 465-66. Peignot, p. 99. Smeaton, p. 212.
Item ID: 4818