24 pp. 8vo (198 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1819.
A very scarce auction catalogue marking the dissolution of Pierre Blaizot’s inventory; WorldCat records no copy in North America. Despite the lengthy interval between his death and this sale, we can identify the seller as Pierre Blaizot (1740-1808) due to the offerings in the present catalogue — prints, maps, and luxury paper — that match the description of his business on the BnF Data site. Blaizot’s page on the site notes that he was orphaned at age 9, but managed to set up an office in Versailles and a store in Paris in 1775. Suspected of selling illicit books, he spent a week in prison in 1782. His business was the target of investigations during the Revolution, leading him to gradually cede control to the bookseller Nicolas Angé. In the final decade of his life, he trained his son-in-law Antoine Hippolyte Etienne (1776-1840) as a bookseller and assisted in the establishment of Etienne’s bookshop.
227 lots, including prints by B. & J. Audran, Balechou, Bartolozzi, Bloemaert, Callot, Desnoyers, Flippart, Ingouf, Morghen, Poilly, Porporati, Rembrandt, Strange, Thouvenin, Wille, etc.; the celebrated books of Le Clerc, du Cerceau, Vitruvius, Blondel, Dupuis, R. & J. Adam, etc.; maps (lots 185-208); engraved plates, and drawings. Lot 148 is a massive group of Le Clerc’s work numbering 3432 pieces which was part of the comte Rigal sale (1817).
A very nice copy. In the characteristic binding of the Bibliothèque Heim, with the library’s stamp on the verso of title.
❧ Lugt 9564.
Item ID: 7148