Item ID: 9817 Catalogus Librorum qui in Bibliopolio Danielis Elsevirii venales extant. Daniel ELZEVIER.
Catalogus Librorum qui in Bibliopolio Danielis Elsevirii venales extant.

The Most Important Bookseller’s Catalogue of the 17th Century

Catalogus Librorum qui in Bibliopolio Danielis Elsevirii venales extant.

Woodcut printer’s device on title. 176 pp.; 120 pp.; 24 pp.; 103 pp., two blank leaves; 86 pp., one blank leaf; 60 pp.; 200 pp., two blank leaves. Seven parts bound in one vol. 12mo, early 19th-cent. diced calf, signed on spine “Rel. P Bozerian Jeune,” flat spine richly gilt, gilt fillets round sides, a.e.g. Amsterdam: D. Elzevier, 1674.

A fine copy of by far the most important bookseller’s catalogue of the 17th century, listing on 736 pages upwards of 20,000 titles.

“It is divided into seven parts: theology, law, medicine, books on ‘miscellaneous’ subjects, books in French, in Italian, Spanish and English, and in German. No prices were given but these were presumably quoted on request. Included are, of course, the books published by the Elzeviers still in print, and a vast number of other books printed in Holland, and the catalogue is therefore still of bibliographical value. It also served contemporary scholars as a work of reference and may be considered a select universal bibliography.”–Grolier Club, Bibliography, 68.

Fine copy, in a Bozerian binding with a vellum endleaf at beginning. Bookplates of Anselm van den Bogaerde (1776-1866; his sale, Bruges, 18 March 1867, lot 8644), Belgian aristocrat who formed one of the finest book and art collections of the time, and Jules Capron of Ypres (1829-97; his sale, Brussels, 6-8 April 1875, lot 876), a founding member of the Société des Bibliophiles of Belgium.

❧ Pollard & Ehrman no. 69.

Price: $7,500.00

Item ID: 9817