23 pp. 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), partially stitched (edge of title-page expertly repaired), uncut. Paris: Félix & Pérignon, 1825.
The surprisingly rare auction catalogue of Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824), one of the most prodigious Parisian dealers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; WorldCat records no copy in North America. Regnault presided over a number of famous sales from the period, foremost among them those of the expert Basan, Count Potocki, Rigal, and the influential critic Saint-Yves. The introduction claims that Regnault-Delalande produced more than 300 sale catalogues (the Getty Provenance Index records approximately 222). This memorial concludes (in trans.): “This historian of...
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23 pp. 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), partially stitched (edge of title-page expertly repaired), uncut. Paris: Félix & Pérignon, 1825.
2 p.l., iv, 377,  p. Large 8vo (250 x 170 mm.), cont. brown morocco-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, t.e.g. Paris: A. Labitte, 1879.
A special copy of the auction catalogue of Reiset’s esteemed library devoted to the history of art; this was the finest and largest collection of sale catalogues ever assembled prior to that of Baron Pichon, which was dispersed 20 years later. A contemporary hand has added all prices and many buyers’ names, including Edmond de Goncourt, Edmond J. de Rothschild, Georges Duplessis, Paul Demidoff, Baron Pichon, and Georges Rapilly. This catalogue describes 3123 lots of books, of which the...
Title with lithographed port. of the collector (a little foxed). 3 p.l., lxxv, , 408 pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, cont. cloth-backed marbled boards (first & last few leaves a little browned), uncut. The Hague: S. & J. Luchtmans and C.C. van der Hoek, 1838.
This sale catalogue is tantamount to a bibliography of Greek and Roman archeology and literature published up to that time. Reuvens (1793-1837), son of an eminent Dutch jurist, originally studied the law but switched professions and became professor of Greek, Latin, and archaeology at Leyden.
The compiler of the catalogue, Leemans, has provided a valuable 75-page biography of Reuvens. 6,234 lots of books, 86 lots of prints, 79 lots of manuscripts, and 98 portrait busts and bookcases.
Engraved frontis.  (incl. frontis.), 1048,  pp. Thick 8vo, cont. grey paste-paper boards (one corner a little jammed). Leipzig: Widow of B.C. Fritsch, [Preface dated 1747].
The very rare sale catalogue of the large and important library formed by one of the great collectors of 18th-century Germany. Rink (1670-1746), professor of law and history at the University of Altdorf, was one of the leading international lawyers of his time and an active writer in the areas of his specialties. He formed several outstanding collections, including one of medals (a catalogue of which was published in 1766), a natural history cabinet, and an...
xxii, 330 pp.; 1 p.l., 344,  pp. Two vols. Large 8vo, cont. marbled boards (a bit worn), uncut. Leyden: Haak & Socios; Amsterdam: P. den Hengst et Son, 1806.
This was a very significant collection; this copy has been priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Röver (1719-1803), bought at the most important sales on the Continent during the 18th century and his library was rich in illuminated and classical MSS. as well as the most important 15th-century editions of classical texts.
"A very excellent catalogue...it is not of very frequent occurrence in this country. The bibliographical notes, which accompany it, though short, are...
Par G. Martin. Engraved frontis. port. of the collector & engraved vignette with arms on title. xii, xxiv, 618 pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (head of spine a bit worn), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1746.
Rothelin (1692-1744), a younger son of Marquis Henri de Rothelin, a French war hero (see Hoefer), descended from a natural son of François d'Orléans (d. 1548). Rothelin was one of the most eminent French book collectors of the 18th-century; he had his books, many large paper copies, bound by the outstanding binders of the time, such as Boyer, Padeloup and Duseuil;...
2 p.l., 280 pp. 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. Paris: A. Labitte, 1873.
The first and most important private collection ever formed exclusively devoted to festivities; this sale catalogue has remained an indispensable work of reference to the present day. The 1200 lots are arranged under the sixteen different countries in which these festivities took place, except for two amazing special sections: the first catalogues thirty-eight books published between 1515 and 1559, describing festivities and solemnities in honor of Emperor Charles V. The second describes almost 400 pieces concerning festivities held during the French Revolution, offered in...
xiv, 336 pp., 19 pp. of printed price list. 8vo, later red half-pebbled cloth and marbled boards (upper cover slightly rubbed), spine lettered in gilt. Paris: Regnault & Silvestre, 1805.
The important sale catalogue of an art critic and early chronicler of the Salons. Saint-Yves (1717-1804), was a member of a well-known family of oculists. He became a prodigious and eclectic collector, having inherited a large fortune from his father, Etienne. The younger Saint-Yves was a considerable buyer at the Mariette, Boucher, Jullienne, Huquier, Neyman, Conti, and van Loo sales and owned complete collections of works by Dürer, Sadeler, Lucas de Leyde, S. Beham...
xxxi, 175 pp. 8vo, cont. purple cloth-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed). Paris: L. Potier, 1860.
An uncommon auction catalogue. Sauvageot (1781-1860), violinist at the Opéra de Paris and famous collector of the decorative arts, donated much of his art collection to the Louvre, greatly augmenting their holdings. From Le Roux de Lincy’s valuable biographical sketch, we learn that Sauvageot bought primarily from De Bure, Crozet, Techener, and Potier. The library was particularly rich in early French books, especially literature and history; there are some early manuscripts as well.
Fine copy. 1691 lots. Bookplate of Eric Speeckaert.
15 pp. 8vo, late 19th-century red cloth, title on spine. Paris: Folliot & Delalande, 1785.
A rare sale catalogue, of which we find no copy in North America. It describes a choice collection of 15 lots, with paintings by Poussin, Albani, Bril, Teniers, N. Berghem, etc. The experts write that normally with such a small collection they would not have issued a catalogue, but with the quality of these paintings, they thought it prudent to publish one. The Comte de Sauveterre was a high-level representative of the French king in Germany; however, we do not know his first name.
Fine copy of a rarity in a red cloth binding similar to those favored by the Goncourt brothers. Engraved bookplate of the Parisian art dealer Georges Pannier (1853-1944), and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim in the usual location.
427,  pp. 8vo, cont. pink sheep-backed marbled boards (corners a bit worn), spine lettered in gilt. Antwerp: J. Grangé, .
Van Schorel, seigneur de Wilryck (1716-73), served as mayor of Antwerp. He was actively involved in the artistic life of the city and in the early 1740s played an important role in the reorganization and financial support of the city’s Academie voor Schoone Kunsten. Van Schorel formed one of the largest gatherings of Rubens’s oil sketches in the southern Netherlands in the eighteenth century. His splendid art collection featured twenty-eight paintings by Rubens. 202 lots of paintings, 88 lots of gouache paintings...
Small 8vo, orig. pink wrappers. Bamberg: .
The very rare sale catalogue of the library of books, maps, scientific instruments, music, and a few art objects from the collection of Stengel (1750-1822), a high government official in service to the Elector Karl Theodor of Palatinate-Bavaria and very much a product of the Enlightenment. He carried out a liberal economic policy, introduced many innovations in taxation and trade, and supported numerous civil engineering projects in the region.
Stengel was an important book and art collector and was a considerable artist in his own right. 2507 lots of books, 21 lots of music...
1 p.l., 73 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. Göttingen: F.E. Huth, 1824.
The very rare sale catalogue of the library of Suchfort (1747-1824), classical scholar and rector of the Göttingen gymnasium. In 1771, he published a book on Stesichorus (ca. 630–555 B.C.), the first great lyric poet of the West. The catalogue has 1643 lots, and there are multiple items in a number of the lots. The library was very largely devoted to classical studies and philology. The final lot lists Suchfort’s dactyliotheca.
Fine copy. We find no copy outside of Germany.
viii, 175 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Bénard, 1806.
The uncommon sale catalogue of an exceptional print collection formed in Belgium. Wolfgang Guillaume, the third duc d’Ursel (?1730-1804), a Belgian general and husband of Flore d’Arenberg, focused his collecting on prints of paintings engraved by the painters themselves. The catalogue is arranged by school and within that by painter. We find engravings by Albani, Carracci, Maratti, Titian, Dürer, Hollar, Berghem, van Leyden, Rembrandt, Callot, Coypel, etc.
The catalogue thoroughly describes 948 lots of prints and drawings, many of which are large group lots, with the more considerable collections divided into numerous subsections for greater clarity. Lots 907-948 detail the duke’s books of prints and views, auction catalogues, dictionaries, and other important art historical texts.
22 pp., 1 leaf of “Approbation.” Small 8vo (160 x 95 mm.), 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards (joints a little rubbed), red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Prault & Barrois, 1748.
A rare sale catalogue of the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Gallic antiquities amassed by Valois (1671-1747), an early connoisseur of ancient objects, who was named antiquaire du roi. This was one of Gersaint’s final sales.
“Valois was the son and nephew of great 17th-century scholars, Adrien and Henri de Valois; antiquary of the king and pensionnaire de l’Académie des inscriptions, he accumulated sculptures, ancient bronze and more than 6000 medals, many from the age of...
2 p.l., 72 pp. Small 8vo, cont. red sheep-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed), spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine. Amsterdam: P. Yver, .
(—). Catalogue d’un precieux Cabinet de Desseins, Coloriés & Non-Coloriés des plus célebres Maîtres Hollandois & Flamands, &c. De même, que d’une tres belle Collection d’Estampes, de Choix. Parmi lesquelles il y a quelques Petits Oeuvres & des Ouvrages d’Estampes Reliées & non-Reliées presque Toutes Premieres Epreuves & des mieux conservées…La Vente s’en fera le Lundi 16 de Janvier 1775 & les Jours suivants…Par les Courtiers… 2 p.l., 235, , 78 pp. 8vo. Amsterdam...
20 pp. 8vo, 19th-century brown half-cloth & marbled boards (spine a trifle rubbed), title on spine, spine gilt. [S.l.: 1737].
One of the very rare contemporary manuscript sale catalogues of the painting collection of the comtesse de Verrue (1670-1736), one of history’s greatest collectors of art as well as books. It is annotated with nearly all prices and a few buyers’ names. According to Lugt, there are no known printed catalogues of this sale of paintings — most likely never printed — and the Getty Provenance Index records 14 extant manuscript copies, all in institutional libraries, except this example.
“Verrue, may be best known today as Alexandre Dumas’s fictive dame volupté, a sobriquet she reputedly created and one that has too easily obscured her crucial role in the art world of early eighteenth-century Paris. She had the social confidence to renounce the traditional pattern of collecting that Crozat had eagerly embraced and turned from ‘serious’ Italian paintings to ‘petits sujets,’ bucolic landscapes, and amorous mythologies, primarily by painters of the Northern and French schools. Like Crozat, she shaped a remarkable and widely admired dwelling that was central to her identity and famous during her lifetime. The importance of each house was enhanced by the way it functioned. Each became a key site of artistic discourse, a place where art lovers and artists assembled, and a locus for assessing competing systems of value, where distinctive outlooks were forged, defined, and absorbed.”–Rochelle Ziskin, Sheltering Art (2012), p. 2.
Par Michel Huber [& continued by Jean Gottlob Stimmel from the 4th vol.]. Five vols. bound in seven. 8vo, not quite uniform cont. marbled boards (a little worn & rubbed, occasional foxing), pale blue lettering pieces on spines. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hartel, -03-05-10-10.
The main series of auction catalogues of the most important collection of art formed in Leipzig in the 18th century. Winckler (1731-95), was a wealthy merchant and banker. Following his formal education, he made a European tour in Britain, Holland, and Switzerland and became intensely interested in art. Winckler started collecting prints and soon began buying paintings...
xii, 483 pp. 8vo, cont. blue pebbled cloth (minor foxing), red & green lettering pieces on spine. Paris: J. Techener, 1854.
—. Catalogue de la Riche Collection d’Estampes et de Dessins composant le Cabinet de feu M. F. van den Zande…rédigé par F. Guichardot. xii, 355 pp. 8vo. Paris: F. Guichardot, 1855.
2 p.l., iii, 48 pp. 8vo, orig. upper printed wrapper (lacking the lower wrapper). Paris: J. Techener, 1853.
“Bibliothèque peu nombreuse, 302 numéros seulement, mais fort beaux ouvrages qui se sont payés des prix élevés. Le produit de la vente a été de 50,000 fr. environ…Il y avait aussi à cette vente de beaux manuscrits qui se sont payés fort cher.”–Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, cols. 431-32.
Fine copy. Inscribed by Techener on the upper wrapper and printed on superior paper.
2 p.l., iv, 371 pp. 8vo, cont. red sheep-backed red boards, both “maroquiné” (head of spine a little worn), flat spine gilt, uncut. Paris: De Bure, 1829.
A major sale of 3821 lots. Coulon was a member of the Société des Bibliophiles and a collector for a considerable period of time. We learn from the Preface that all his new books were bound in the best style by Bozerian, Thouvenin, and Simier. He had a very considerable collection of incunabula and Aldines, books printed on vellum or large paper, and many rarities of French literature.
Very good copy. Priced throughout in a contemporary hand.
xvi, 189 pp. 8vo, cont. green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Paris: Bachelin-Deflorenne, 1868.
Very little is known about G. Gancia, described by Breslauer as a “somewhat shadowy, obviously Italian, dealer operating in Brighton, England.” Nevertheless, he was the greatest dealer in England of the period for French books. He issued a series of catalogues between 1848 and 1858 from 73 King’s Road, Brighton and was, along with Tross, the chief supplier of French books to Huth. He was also active as a publisher. Arriving at retirement age, Gancia began to consign his enormous inventory to the leading auction houses of London...
xix, 464 pp. 8vo, cont. green cloth-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: L. Potier, 1855.
A major sale of 3304 lots; among the more notable incunabula was the Mainz Catholicon, the 1465 Mainz Cicero on vellum, and a number of rare editiones princepes. Giraud, a lawyer, also formed a splendid collection of 17th-century French literature and many of his books had important royal or noble provenances.
Fine copy. Stamp of the “Bibliotheque Royale” on title. Bookplate of Eric Speeckaert.
36 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Musier, 1774.
The uncommon sale catalogue of a distinguished collection belonging to Antoine Antonin, duc de Gramont (1722-1801), who inherited the title in 1745. 106 lots thoroughly described, including works by Albani, Guerchin, Wouwermans, Jordaens, Watteau, etc.
Nice copy, despite inoffensive marginal worming to first five leaves.