Catalogue d’Estampes anciennes, Oeuvres et Recueils de Maîtres d’Italie et de France; Galeries, Cabinets, Vues, Antiquités, Pierres gravées, etc.; quelques Tableaux et Dessins, Corps de Bibliothèque, genre de boule; Après le Décès de Mme de la Michodière, veuve de M. Thiroux de Crosne d’Arconville…Par F. L. Regnault-Delalande. Cette Vente se fera les lundi 18 et mardi 19 Janvier 1813…

30 pp., 1 leaf. 8vo (193 x 120 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Fleuriau de Ponfol & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.

A very scarce sale catalogue of the collection of La Michodière (ca. 1745-1812) and her husband, Louis Thiroux de Crosne d’Arconville (1736-94), who was guillotined during the Terror. She was the daughter of the politician Jean Baptiste François de la Michodière (1720-97). As the chief of police in Paris, Thiroux supervised the pre-Revolutionary transformation of Paris’s urban landscape with the redesign of the Catacombs as an ossuary, clearing the city’s bridges of housing, and constructing workshops to employ the poor. Not much is known about his wife, but they were married in 1763.

81 lots. The auction included prints by Audran, de la Tour, Edelinck, Nanteuil, Wille, etc. There are also a number of important print suites after paintings, along with famous books on da Vinci, antiquity, Italian architecture, views of Rome (by Piranesi), Florence, Verona, and Venice, etc.

In fine condition, with the leaf of vacations. Based on the inscription on the half-title, it seems that this copy was addressed to a professor at the Sorbonne, however the name has been cropped away. In a characteristic Heim binding, with the library’s stamp on verso of half-title.

❧ Lugt 8282.

Price: $750.00

Item ID: 7161