Catalogue de la Collection d’Estampes anciennes provenant du Cabinet de M. H. de L.…dont la Vente aux enchères publiques aura lieu…le Lundi 21 avril 1856, et jours suivants…Par le ministère de Me Delbergue-Cormont, Commissaire-Priseur [Expert: P. Defer]…. Aimé Charles Horace AUCTION CATALOGUE: [HIS DE LA SALLE.
Catalogue de la Collection d’Estampes anciennes provenant du Cabinet de M. H. de L.…dont la Vente aux enchères publiques aura lieu…le Lundi 21 avril 1856, et jours suivants…Par le ministère de Me Delbergue-Cormont, Commissaire-Priseur [Expert: P. Defer]…

The Expert's Copy

Catalogue de la Collection d’Estampes anciennes provenant du Cabinet de M. H. de L.…dont la Vente aux enchères publiques aura lieu…le Lundi 21 avril 1856, et jours suivants…Par le ministère de Me Delbergue-Cormont, Commissaire-Priseur [Expert: P. Defer]…

xviii, 203, [1] p. of errata. 8vo (225 x 145 mm.), orig. green printed wrappers (spine defective). Paris: P. Defer, 1856.

The expert’s own copy, with two autograph letters from the consigner His de la Salle. This copy is fully priced and with all buyers’ names: we learn that Adolphe Thiers, the brothers Dutuit, the dealers F. Guichardot, Georges Rapilly, Vignères, and Dominic Colnaghi were all active at this sale. In the formation of his own collection, His de la Salle benefitted from the numerous outstanding print sales that took place after 1825, the year he began to collect in earnest. This is the sale catalogue for the first, and far more impressive, of the two sales of his collection. It netted 53,480 francs according to the pencil annotation at the end.

In the preface, Defer remarks on the numerous highlights of the sale. The catalogue describes 1184 lots of prints and 19 lots of books on engraving and 19th-century sale catalogues. In the margins, each lot is individually priced, with all buyers noted. We also learn from the marginal notes which lots were bought in (retiré) and paid for in cash (payé).

Addressed to Defer, the two letters tipped-in after the half-title show that His de la Salle was a very involved consigner who wrote and edited a number of the descriptions.

A valuable copy that illuminates the mechanics of a 19th-century French art auction and provides useful provenance information. The lower half of the spine is exposed, but the quires are still firmly in place.

❧ Lugt 22951. See Marques, 1332 & 1333.

Price: $1,250.00

Item ID: 6679