viii, 120 pp. 4to, cont. pale blue paper wrappers (spine defective). Vienna: La Société Typographique, 1790.
The uncommon sale catalogue of the collections formed by the founder of the famous Viennese music publisher. Originally from Lucca, Mechetti (c. 1745-1811), encountered financial troubles and was forced to sell his collection of thousands of items, primarily Italian prints and paintings. In the introduction, Mechetti highlights certain pieces in his collection, which was apparently not for sale by auction but rather private contract. Pages 113-20 describe a large library rich in books on the arts and history.
Nice copy. This copy was inscribed on the inside front wrappers to the amateur geologist Baron de Beroldingen (see Zittel). From the library of His Serene Highness Prince Fürstenberg at Donaueschingen with his stamp on title.
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viii, 120 pp. 4to, cont. pale blue paper wrappers (spine defective). Vienna: La Société Typographique, 1790.
Engraved frontis. port. of J.B. Mencke. Title printed in red & black. 8 p.l. (incl. frontis.), 876 pp.,  leaves. Thick 8vo, orig. limp boards (occasional minor foxing), uncut. Leipzig, J.F. Gleditsch & Son, 1727.
Second edition, much enlarged (1st ed.: 1723) and a very lovely copy in original state; this was a very influential catalogue and was considered in its time to be the model of a universal bibliography. The Menckeniana is a catalogue of a specialized library particularly interesting to students of history and the history of learning. It was open to the public. The library was created by Otto Mencke...
2 p.l., 164, 5 pp. 12mo, early 19th-cent. half-calf & marbled boards (short crack at foot of upper joint), flat spine nicely gilt. Paris: de l’Imprimerie de Didot l’Ainé, 1783.
Limited to 25 copies only, finely printed by Didot on Annonay paper; this is one of the rarest and oddest of all private library catalogues.
Mérard (1749-1812), man of letters, was born into a family of great wealth and, for a number of years, was in charge of the residence of the future Louis XIII. After retiring from his public duties in 1782, he concentrated on his growing collection of books and on...
2 p.l., 164, 5 pp. 12mo, cont. polished calf by Derome, triple gilt fillet round sides with floral devices in each corner, flat spine gilt in a fish-scale pattern, black morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: de l’Imprimerie de Didot l’Ainé, 1783.
Limited to 25 copies only, finely printed by Didot on Annonay paper and handsomely bound in contemporary polished calf by Derome; this is one of the rarest and oddest of all private library catalogues. It is also notable as the first bibliography or catalogue with a limitation statement and, very probably, the first catalogue to mention...
1 p.l., 63 pp. (i.e., pp. 241-301). Large 8vo (250 x 163 mm.), orig. orange printed wrappers (spine a little rubbed), leaves uncut. Besançon: Jacques & Demontrond, 1916.
The scarce offprint, with new pagination, of Michon’s groundbreaking critical bibliography of early exhibition catalogues published by the Musée des Antiques. Michon (1865-1939), curator of antiquities at the Louvre and respected connoisseur, published two important catalogues on the Louvre’s holdings of antiquities. He also made numerous acquisitions of artifacts now considered foundational to the Louvre’s collections.
This work exhaustively examines 22 catalogues from 1800 to 1816. Michon undertakes a bibliographic survey...
By Wendell E. Wilson. Plates in color & many facsimiles in the text. 264 pp. Large 4to, orig. cloth over boards. Tucson: The Mineralogical Record, 1994.
First edition, hard-bound issue, of this extremely important and useful history of mineral collecting. This is the best book on the subject. Well indexed.
Numerous samples of paper from the various mills. Illus. Small folio, orig. morocco-backed paste-paper boards. North Hills: Bird & Bull Press, 1974.
Limited to 175 numbered copies, printed with Centaur and Goudy No. 38 types on paper made at the Press and bound by Fritz and Trudi Eberhardt. This is one of Morris’ greatest achievements. Mills described include those in Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Italy, and Poland as well as a number in the United States. The second part of this book contains a history of the noted journal The Paper Maker, along with a selective index to it.
Fine copy of a very scarce and important book. Prospectus laid-in.
Five parts bound in two vols. 8vo, cont. marbled boards (extremities a little worn). Leipzig: Breitkopf & Haertel, 1797-98-1803-04-05.
First edition, and a complete set, of the most comprehensive early bibliography of the older literature of mathematics and allied subjects, including bookkeeping, optics, physics, astronomy, navigation, hydraulics, mechanics, architecture, fortification, etc., etc.; about 10,000 titles are listed chronologically by subject.
A very good set of a work that remains invaluable to this day, as its lists many books now unknown or forgotten.
Three text leaves with Chinese characters, final conjugate leaf a full-page woodcut with about 65 Chinese characters, & a large folding engraved plate printing in Chinese characters the Kangxi Emperor’s edict of 1716. 58,  pp. Large 4to, orig. decorative wrappers, uncut. Nuremberg & Altdorf: Monath & Kussler, 1802.
First and only edition of an extremely uncommon book. Murr (1733-1811), a resident of Nuremberg, was a scholar with polymathic interests. He edited several intellectual journals, published on libraries and art museums, etc.
This work is, in large part, concerned with the Chinese Rites Controversy and the famous “Red Decree.” The Jesuit missionaries who came to China in...
Two folding printed plates. 4 p.l., 292,  pp. 8vo, cont. marbled boards, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Nuremberg: Grattenauer, 1799.
First edition of a scarce book. Murr (1733-1811), whose family came from Bamberg to Nuremberg, was a scholar with wide interests. He edited several intellectual journals, published on libraries and art museums, etc.
This is a detailed account of the city of Bamberg. Murr provides a history of the city, a description of the seal of the city and coins issued, the governmental structure with the names of current officials, full descriptions of the churches and monasteries with histories, details on...
2 p.l., 36, 492 pp. 8vo, cont. marbled boards (sympathetically rebacked by Trevor Lloyd), spine gilt, orig. blue morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: J. Techener, 1844.
First edition of this description of one of the most celebrated French collections of the Romantic period. This is Nodier’s account of his collection in its final state. He was obviously considering retirement and wanted to realize his main asset. For this purpose, he had again prepared extensive investigations of the books to be sold as Nouveau Mélanges, a part of which he had published in the Bulletin du Bibliophile; death overtook him on 27 January...
Described by Tammaro De Marinis. Frontis., text illus., & 93 splendid photogravure plates (many double-page, several in red & black, & one in color facsimile). xiv, 406 pp. Large 4to, orig. half-vellum & marbled boards (one corner a little bruised, a bit of foxing which is always the case with this book), t.e.g., others uncut, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Verona: dai Torchi della Officina Bodoni, .
Only 310 copies, superbly hand-printed by Giovanni Mardersteig on heavy handmade paper, were issued for private circulation. This monumental catalogue is very little known, as it was published during the war and was only distributed...
xii, 515 pp.; 2 p.l., 456,  pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. speckled calf, double gilt fillet round sides, spines gilt, olive green lettering pieces on spines. Paris: Lacombe, 1768.
First edition. This work "had a large share in determining the character of later French catalogues of rare books. In this success it resembles Vogt's Catalogus, which similarly determined the character of kindred works in Germany during the eighteenth century. Osmont's title suggests and his preface states clearly that he was making a list of choice books suitable for a good private library as well as a list of rare books."Taylor, Catalogues of Rare...
Three folding printed tables. xxix, 472 pp.; 2 p.l., 450 pp., 3 leaves of errata; x, 373 pp. Three vols. 8vo, later red half-morocco & marbled boards, t.e.g., others uncut. Paris: Villier [Vols. I & II]; A.A. Renouard [Vol. III], 1802-02-04.
First edition, Vols. I & II are one of fifteen sets printed on papier vélin bleuâtre, of this work which gives, in dictionary form, information concerning the various aspects of bibliography, book production, the history of books and manuscripts, etc., etc. Although more than 150 years old, it is a most interesting reference tool, of which many articles are still useful...
lx, 413 pp.; 2 p.l., 492 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. half red-morocco & marbled boards (minor rubbing, occasional light foxing), flat spines gilt, outer & lower edges uncut. Dijon: V. Lagier, 1823.
Second edition, completely revised and greatly augmented, of Peignot’s Traité du Choix des Livres (1817); this is one of Peignot’s most important works. In this edition, Peignot has divided the text into five sections. The first describes the methods of selecting the best editions. Part Two gives an account of books which were the favorites of famous authors. The third part is a list of the great literary texts of the past...
xx, 514 pp. 8vo, cont. sheep-backed marbled boards, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: A.A. Renouard, 1812.
First edition of this invaluable book, still of great use. “The first bibliography of bibliographies with critical commentaries, listing selected subject bibliographies and public and private catalogues.”–Grolier Club, Bibliography, 120. Archer Taylor considered Peignot’s critical list of nearly 500 private library catalogues to be “very important'” (p. 187) (and I agree; I have considered it one of my chief guides for more than thirty years).
Minor foxing but a fine copy. With the Kuhnholtz-Lordat bookplate.
I. A collection of items which provides intimate details into Péret’s peripatetic life (1899-1959):
a. Péret’s leather agenda (135 x 90 mm.): Organized with alphabetical dividers and replete with the addresses and contact information for his friends and Surrealist collaborators in Paris, South America, and the United States, written in pen and pencil, including Victor Brauner, Manuel Alvarado, Berta de Battini, André Breton, Robert Benayoun, Geyser Péret (his son and crossed out), Roger Blin, Enrico Donati, Adrien Dax, Georges Duthuit, Max Ernst, Eugenio Granell, Robert Lebel, Wilfredo Lam, Pierre Matisse, Jehan Mayoux, Dwight Macdonald, Pablo Picasso, Wolfgang Paalen...
152 pp. 8vo, orig. pink printed wrappers bound in attractive modern marbled wrappers. [From the upper wrapper]: “Perthes & Besser Buchhandlung Hamburg 1816.”
Following a nine-year apprenticeship, Friedrich Christoph Perthes (1772-1843), established his own book business in 1796. Two years later, he entered into a partnership with his brother-in-law, Johann Heinrich Besser (1775-1826). They soon became one of the leading publishing and bookselling firms of northern Germany. During the Napoleonic period, Perthes experienced many difficulties caused by his public resistance to French influences and was forced to leave Hamburg.
This remarkable priced catalogue lists about 3000 books published in Britain and France from 1812...
[By Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick]. 12 pp. 4to, orig. self-wrappers (a little dusty), stitched as issued. London: Privately Printed by J. Davy & Sons, Dryden Press, 1886.
First edition, privately printed, of this rare catalogue listing the publications which had proved so difficult to market in the great collector's own lifetime. Fenwick occasionally gives the number of copies printed and other bibliographical details. 124 items are listed. Fine copy.
Folio (350 x 225 mm.), all bound into Middle Hill boards (spine a little defective). Middle Hill: 1854-64.
Sir Thomas Phillipps was an insecure man; illegitimately born, with a great-grandfather who was a London carpenter and a farmer grandfather, Sir Thomas had much to prove. He was raised, without a mother, by a distant and irascible father who wanted his son to become the first gentleman of the family. His father-in-law enabled Sir Thomas to be made a baronet, and “thereafter no holder of a centuries-old title could have been more insistent on the dignity of his rank.”–Munby, Phillipps Studies, II, p....
Engraved frontis. port., one folding facsimile, & 5 engraved plates. Six vols. 8vo, cont. boards (some rubbing & wear, occasional & mostly marginal dampstaining), uncut. Venice: L. Basilius, 1787.
One of the most important Italian private library catalogues. Vols. 1-3 consist of the classical and oriental books (7953 titles) and Vols. 4 and 5 describe the Italian literature, MSS., incunabula, French, English, and Spanish books, books on vellum, medals, etc. (4610 titles and items). The final volume comprises the very useful indexes. Morelli, the compiler, was librarian of the Marciana.
"This catalogue is one of the best ever executed, not only from the value and number of the curious...
Many black & white illus. 15 pp. 8vo (215 x 137 mm.), printed wrappers, staple-bound. [Printed Editions: Barrytown, NY, ?1986].
An unrecorded catalogue issued by Printed Editions (originally Unpublished Editions and renamed in 1978) offering books by Cage, Mac Low, Hendricks, Knowles, Corner, Higgins, Oliveros, Rothenberg, etc. A number of the items for sale are thoroughly described and illustrated.
In excellent condition. We find no record of this catalogue in WorldCat.