Catalogue des Estampes, Livres, Ouvrages a Figures, Antiquités et Curiosités, du Cabinet…Par Duchesne Aîné et Dubois. Dont la Vente se fera le Lundi 2 Avril 1832 et jours suivans…
viii, 63 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Dubois, 1832.
A rare sale catalogue of a varied and rich collection formed by one of Napoleon’s trusted advisors. Hauterive (1754-1830), statesman and archivist, fled from the Revolution to the United States, where he served as French consul in New York. He was recalled to France by Talleyrand to a high post in the office of foreign affairs in 1798. The two collaborated on De L’État de la France à la fin de l’an VIII (1800), which justified Napoleon’s coup d’état to the world. D’Hauterive entered Napoleon’s inner circle and significantly shaped the foreign policy of Napoleonic France. He was essential in the drafting of the Concordat of 1801 and his influence shines through in the final document. A disagreement with Talleyrand led to d’Hauterive’s reassignment to the archives of the foreign ministry, where he distinguished himself and was elected a member of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres in 1820.
627 lots. At the beginning of the catalogue, the experts of this sale, Duchesne and Dubois, highlight some of the finer pieces in the collection, such as prints by Dürer, Schongauer, Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt, Hollar, Poussin, Rubens, etc.; the famous books of Piranesi (no. 167), Buffon (no. 348), and Le Vaillant (no. 350); and artifacts from Greece, Italy, Egypt, as well as Hawaii, California, and Alaska. One section lists “Objets fabriqués par des peuples sauvages.” D’Hauterive also possessed an impressive library of illustrated books which is described herein, including books on architecture, natural history, costumes, emblems, voyages, and a handful of manuscripts.
Nice copy, we find none in North America. As in most cases, the present copy lacks the supplement of 13 pages.
❧ Lugt 12936. N.B.G., Vol. 23, cols. 587-92.
Item ID: 6199