Dissertation sur les Bibliotheques avec une Table Alphabétique, tant des Ouvrages publiés sous les titre de Bibliothéques, que des Catalogues imprimés de plusieurs Cabinets de France & des Pays étrangers. Jacques Bernard DUREY DE NOINVILLE.
Dissertation sur les Bibliotheques avec une Table Alphabétique, tant des Ouvrages publiés sous les titre de Bibliothéques, que des Catalogues imprimés de plusieurs Cabinets de France & des Pays étrangers.

Lenormand de Coudray’s Heavily Annotated Copy

Dissertation sur les Bibliotheques avec une Table Alphabétique, tant des Ouvrages publiés sous les titre de Bibliothéques, que des Catalogues imprimés de plusieurs Cabinets de France & des Pays étrangers.

3 p.l., 156, [3] pp. Small 8vo, cont. boards (rather rubbed), uncut. Paris: H. Chaubert & Herissant, 1758.

[issued & bound with]:

[—]. Table Alphabetique des Dictionnaires, en toutes sortes de Langues & sur toutes sortes des Sciences & d'Arts. iv, 90 pp. 8vo, uncut. Paris: H. Chaubert & Herissant, 1758.

First editions, issued together, and highly interesting copies: they belonged to Charles Lenormand du Coudray (1712-89) of Orléans, one of most important collectors of books and engravings of the 18th century, who formed an important bibliographical collection. The first work, which is essentially a bibliography of bibliographies (about 750 in number), has been heavily annotated by Lenormand and bears his characteristic ownership paraphe, twice on the half-title, twice on the title, and once on the verso of the leaf of errata. His annotations serve as a record of his own collection of auction catalogues.

Lenormand has underlined in red the catalogues which he already owned and has made additions in the margins, again oftentimes underlined in red as an indication that he owned the catalogue. On the verso of the errata leaf, he has also made a note about the 1776 private library catalogue of Crevenna. Laid-in at the end is a signature of note paper with a full-page list in manuscript of important catalogues for the years 1758-1763. On the rear paste-down, Lenormand comments on Hyacinthe Théodore Baron’s well-known collection of bibliography and goes on to write (in rough trans.): “The collection which I possess of this kind also merits the attention of fanciers of these curiosities. In fact, as of today, 11 July 1771, I have actually brought together 312 volumes including catalogues of libraries and collections of curiosities, not including catalogues of booksellers’ stocks, and what in particular recommends this collection is that almost all these catalogues are with the prices at which the items were sold.”

We have just begun to suggest the interest of these annotations.

The second title is, according to Besterman, the first bibliography of dictionaries, listing about 1000 titles.

Very good copies from the library of Bernard H. Breslauer. With half-title and errata leaf in first work.

❧ For Lenormand du Coudray: Lugt, p. 308. Besterman 783-84 & 4806. Peignot, pp. 38-39 & 251.

Price: $1,850.00

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