Catalogue des Livres composant la Bibliothèque de feu… dont la Vente aura lieu le mercredi 12 janvier 1825, et jours suivans…. Maximilian Joseph AUCTION CATALOGUE: HURTAULT.
Catalogue des Livres composant la Bibliothèque de feu… dont la Vente aura lieu le mercredi 12 janvier 1825, et jours suivans…

Catalogue des Livres composant la Bibliothèque de feu… dont la Vente aura lieu le mercredi 12 janvier 1825, et jours suivans…

Lithograph frontis. port. of the collector. 2 p.l., 14, [2], 166 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf paste-paper boards, red morocco lettering-piece on spine, spine gilt. Paris: J.S. Merlin, 1824.

The uncommon sale catalogue of Hurtault (1765-1824), Architecte du roi, member of the Institut, and inspector general of public works, who conducted significant restorations of the Tuileries and Fontainebleau. He was especially interested in English architecture — demonstrated by the numerous British books in his collection — and designed several gardens in the English style, including one at Fontainebleau.

This was one of the finest professional libraries of architecture of the early 19th century and its number of English books and specialized titles is remarkable. Many of Hurtault’s books were included in Priestly and Weale’s Bibliotheca Architectonica (1825).

This catalogue begins with a lengthy biographical sketch of Hurtault. The library consisted of 1349 lots; the architecture portion has numerous subdivisions covering all of the major architectural disciplines of the time (including hydraulic, military, and naval). Other sections focus on histories of classical and modern architecture, monuments from across the world, the decorative arts, and the fine arts. There are also large sections devoted to engineering, hydrodynamics, perspective, acoustics, museums and galleries, and practical and applied mechanics. Hurtault also amassed extensive holdings on world history, literature, travels and voyages, as well as archaeology.

Fine copy of one of the most important architectural libraries of the early 19th century. Bookplate of “Bibliophile Jacob,” Paul LaCroix (1806-84), author, journalist, and librarian of the Arsenal.

❧ N.B.G., Vol. 25, col. 585.

Price: $5,500.00

Item ID: 5936