2 p.l., viii, 188 pp. (of 192, lacking, as it sometimes the case, the four-page Supplement). 8vo, cont. sheep-backed blue boards (spine a little worn & rubbed). Paris: G. Martin, 1754.
The sale catalogue of the famous collection formed by Claude Gros de Boze (1680-1753), the renowned academician and savant. It was an excellent library, notable for its block books and incunabula. The Gutenberg Bible is lot 13.
Following the publication of the inventory catalogue in 1753, two collectors — Boutin and Cotte — purchased the whole library, retaining the books which they desired for their own collections and selling certain precious incunabula to Gaignat. They then turned over the remainder to Gabriel Martin to sell by auction the following year.
Our copy is priced throughout in a contemporary hand.
Very good copy, lacking, as is sometimes the case, the four-page supplement at end.
❧ Brunet, I, 1642. Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 424. Roland Folter, “The Gutenberg Bible in the Antiquarian Book Trade,” in Incunabula. Studies in Fifteenth-Century Printed Books presented to Lotte Hellinga, p. 275. Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions…1643-1830, 112. Peignot, pp. 83-84. Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 233.
Item ID: 5844