The Copy of Louis de France

Catalogue des Livres de feu Monsieur de la Vigne, Docteur Régent de la Faculté de Médecine de Paris…dont la Vente se fera en détail, suivant l’indication des Affiches.

2 p.l., xxiv, 171 pp. 8vo, cont. red morocco (a few minor defects to extremities), triple gilt fillet round sides, arms in gilt on each cover of the dauphin Louis de France (1729-65), son of Louis XV, spine richly gilt, a.e.g. Paris: G. Martin, 1759.

The very uncommon sale catalogue of the library of La Vigne de Frécheville (1695-1758), first doctor to Queen Marie Leszczynska, wife of King Louis XV, and physician to Maria Josepha, second wife of the dauphin Louis de France. This copy bears the arms of the dauphin, Marie Lezsczynska’s son, and the father of three kings of France.

La Vigne took his medical degree in 1719 and assumed the post of physician to the King in 1726. In 1729 he became physician to the Queen. All his writings remained in manuscript. The preliminary pages of the catalogue contain the best biographical account of La Vigne. His library was rich in medicine, natural history, and science. Priced throughout in a contemporary hand. 2473 lots. This is the first time I have had this catalogue. Armorial bookplate of Louis de la Forets, Comte d’Armaillé and another.

❧ Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Books Auctions…1643-1830, 144. Peignot, p. 108. N.B.G., Vol. 29, col. 1016.

Price: $8,500.00

Item ID: 5169