The Library of a Hellenist

Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliothèque de feu M. Fr. J.G. de la Porte du Theil...dont la Vente se fera le mercredi 17 avril 1816, et jours suivans.

2 p.l., xix, 334 pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed boards, flat spine decorated in gilt & blind. Paris: Crapelet, 1816.

The very rare auction catalogue of the library of La Porte du Theil (1742-1815), French Hellenist and conservator of manuscripts at the Royal Library; he played a role in the early attempts to decipher the Rosetta Stone. The collection was particularly rich in rare Italian books along with a fine collection of bibliography (lots 3248-3326). The preliminary leaves contain a valuable bio-bibliography of the collector by Silvestre de Sacy.

Very good copy and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. 3486 lots.

❧ Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions…1643-1830, 564. N.B.G., Vol. 29, cols. 560-63.

Price: $2,500.00

Item ID: 5174