12 pp. 8vo (199 x 134 mm.), attractive modern marbled wrappers. Paris: Bénard & Narjot, 1810.
A very scarce catalogue, with nearly all prices in a contemporary hand, dispersing the collection of prints assembled by the philosophe and disciple of Diderot. Naigeon (1738-1810), a professed atheist, editor of a large number of clandestine works, and translator of Greek and Roman texts, was a close friend of Diderot and d’Holbach, editing many of their books.
This catalogue lists 54 lots, with prints by Audran, An. Carracci, Desnoyers, van Dyck, Poilly, Rembrandt, Edelinck, Nanteuil, etc. Lot 48 comprises a portrait drawing of Diderot by Vanloo...
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12 pp. 8vo (199 x 134 mm.), attractive modern marbled wrappers. Paris: Bénard & Narjot, 1810.
vii, , 200 pp. 8vo, cont. red morocco-backed marbled boards, flat spine gilt. Paris: J. Techener, 1844.
The sale catalogue of the final library of the great bibliophile and literary figure Charles Nodier (1780-1844). Author, book collector and, since 1823, librarian of the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Nodier was the progenitor of French romantic literature, and of the kind of bibliophily practiced in France to the present day; he was also an unrivalled seller of books by auction. In 1838 he declared that God had made him rich enough five times to buy books, and five times so poor that he had to sell...
44 pp. Small 4to (185 x 130 mm.), late 19th-cent. brown half-morocco signed “Knecht,” spine gilt. Paris: Lebrun, 1782.
An important and rare sale catalogue, fully priced throughout and with nearly all buyers’ names in a contemporary hand. This was the third and final portion of Nogaret’s collection to be sold during his lifetime (1st: Lugt 2791; 2nd: 3153); his estate sale in 1807 (Lugt 7210) offered the inferior leftovers. In the avertissement, Lebrun, this auction’s expert, declares that this catalogue offers an unparalleled selection of Italian paintings.
“[Joseph Hyacinthe François de Paule de Rigaud, comte de] Vaudreuil, whom Alexandre de Tilly remembered as the most...
2 p.l., 162 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards, flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: J.S. Merlin, 1831.
“1619 lots numéros. Collection curieuse; livres bien choisis en tout genre. Il y en a de rares.”–Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 504. The remained of Nugent de Rothe’s library was sold in Paris in 1835.
Fine copy. Rare; WorldCat does not list a copy.
1 p.l., xxiv, 74 pp. 8vo, self-wrappers, stitched as issued (stitching loose), leaves uncut. Paris: Regnault-Lalande, 1811.
The rare catalogue of this joint sale of the collections of Ozanne (1728-1811) and Coïny (1761-1809), which took place 2-11 December 1811. The former, a distinguished marine artist and engineer, collaborated with Duhamel du Monceau on several illustrated works and taught naval architecture and navigation to the sons of the royal family. Le Tellier de Courtanvaux used one of Ozanne’s ships as a platform to test Pierre Le Roy’s marine chronometer.
A student of Suvée and J.P. Lebas, Coïny exhibited at the Salon from 1802 to 1806 and specialized in engravings of the saints and mythological or historical subjects. He also executed well-known vignettes for the works of La Fontaine, Léonard, and Racine. The pieces from his collection are noted with a “†”.
32 pp. 8vo (195 x 126 mm.), original printed wrappers bound in late 19th-century sheep (spine a bit rubbed), spine gilt. Paris: Paillet & Chariot, 1814.
A rare annotated copy, with prices and many buyers, of this sale catalogue offering Paillet’s personal collection and the remainder of his inventory. Paillet (1743-1814), was one of the most prominent dealers of this period. During the ancien régime, the Comte d’Angiviller charged him with acquiring paintings at auction on behalf of the state, but in the course of the Revolutionary period and the collapse of the Parisian art market, Paillet’s business suffered greatly. This sale was conducted by...
24 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), late 19th-cent. aubergine calf-backed marbled boards (spine a little rubbed), spine gilt. [Paris]: Charriot & Paillet, 1821.
A rare auction catalogue of paintings, drawings, prints, and miscellaneous curiosities; we locate no copy in North America. The Avertissement explains that the owner of the present collection purchased most of these items in the course of his travels and a number of drawings and studies were acquired directly from a “Mr. Deboissieu” (noted on the title-page), presumably the artist Jean Jacques de Boissieu (1736-1810). Paillet, this sale’s expert, also underscores that this collector purchased many pieces from the artists themselves...
viii, 104, 7 pp. 8vo (213 x 138 mm.), modern cloth-backed marbled boards, red sheep lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Coutellier & Regnault-Delalande, 1820.
An uncommon auction catalogue describing the artist’s vast collection of prints, paintings, and drawings, with the printed price-list bound-in at the end. Pallière (1761-1820), born in Bordeaux, studied under Vincent and exhibited portraits at the Paris Salons from 1798 to 1804. This is an especially large catalogue published by the expert Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824), with 378 lots.
Lots 1-288 & 367-78 consist of prints and large groups of prints by contemporary and Old Master artists. Regnault-Delalande has prepared particularly informative descriptions that note the state...
xii, 476 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & speckled boards (first three leaves somewhat foxed), spine gilt, red & green leather lettering pieces on spine. London: 1786.
Samuel Paterson (1728-1802), was one of London’s most important auctioneers of the second half of the 18th century; an innovator, he was the earliest auctioneer to sell books singly in lots. He produced catalogues for a series of notable sales, including the libraries of Sylvanus Morgan (1759), Robert Nelson (1760), James Parsons (1769), James West (1773), William Fletewode (1774), E. Rowe Mores (1779), Topham Beauclerk (1781), George Costard (1782), Thomas Crofts (1783), Maffeo Pinelli (1789), and John Strange (1801).
He also was one of the first English dealers to purchase large quantities of books on the Continent and bring them back to London for auction under his own name. The present catalogue is the most important example of his importing activities; it describes 8001 items.
xii, , 250 pp.; 8 pp. Two vols. 8vo, attractive antique mottled half-calf & grey boards, spines gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spines. Paris: Veuve Tilliard et Fils, n.d. [sale: 20 Feb. 1800].
Very rare. “Ce catalogue renferme des articles précieux. M. André-Claude Patu de Mello, ancien payeur des rentes de l’hôtel-de-ville de Paris, né en 1726, est mort en 1799…M. Patu de Mello…possédoit un très beau cabinet de machines de physique et d’astronomie.”–Peignot, p. 117.
Patu de Mello had strong scientific interests and the catalogue of his library lists 1957 lots, which for the largest part...
40 pp. Late 19th-cent. aubergine morocco-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: Paillet, Narjot, Moisnel, & Bénard, 1820.
An interesting and rare catalogue for an auction that dispersed the collection and studio contents of the prodigious painter Pau de Saint Martin (1751-1820). He studied with J.B. Leprince and Vernet, then exhibited frequently at the Salon. He produced a great number of landscapes of France, especially Normandy, and Switzerland. His son, Pierre Alexandre, also a painter, signed his pieces similarly to his father, leading to some confusion.
This catalogue lists a total of 286 lots, a number of which are large group lots...
10 pp. Small 8vo, orig. printed wrappers (wrappers detached), partially stitched. Paris: F. Schayé, Me. Boulouze & Vignères, 1859.
82 lots. Pencil annotations throughout in a contemporary hand with nearly all prices and buyers’ names. Possibly F. A. Rapilly’s copy. Rapilly purchased a majority of the lots in this sale.
Good copy, with valuable provenance information; largely disbound. From the library of Jacques Fryszman (1909-98), the great historian of art and collector of drawings, who wrote the Lugt number in the top right corner of the wrappers (or first leaf of text) on nearly all of his catalogues. See Lugt, Les Marques...
22,  p. 8vo (210 x 131 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1821.
A very scarce auction catalogue issued by the prolific expert Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824). A contemporary inscription on this copy’s title-page identifies the seller as “Mme Perdoux,” as does Lugt. A “Madame Perdoux” is recorded as a print-dealer on rue Monsieur-le-Prince, 49, in C. Harmand’s Manuel de l’amateur des arts dans Paris (1825).
The 152 lots include paintings, drawings (by Baltard, Bertin, Lantara, Nicolle, Norblin, Perignon, Pinelli, J. Vernet, etc.), and many prints and suites of prints (lots 45-101). We also find original engraved plates executed...
1 p.l., ii, 34 pp. 8vo (213 x 136 mm.), late 19th-cent. marbled boards, leather lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Lacoste & Pérignon, 1817.
A very scarce sale catalogue dispersing paintings, drawings, and curiosities from the collection and inventory of Pérignon (1785-1864), the dealer, collector, and advisor to the Louvre. Pérignon was one of the eminent dealers to succeed Lebrun and Paillet after their deaths. The first recorded sale for which he was the expert took place in December 1813 (Lugt 8456). He went on to administer the important auctions of Hubert Robert’s widow, Girodet, Dominique-Vivant Denon, and two for Jacques Louis David. The Louvre...
40 pp. Small 8vo (198 x 125 mm.), 20th-cent. cloth-backed marbled boards, title on spine. Paris: Pérignon & Chariot, 1813.
The scarce catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand, of the first auction administered by Pérignon (1785-1864), an influential dealer, collector, and eventual advisor to the Louvre. He assembled this group of paintings and drawings over the course of trips to Belgium and Holland. Many French dealers exploited the turbulent times of the Napoleonic era to travel and pry artworks from private hands and ecclesiastical collections.
The 144 lots described include works from the Northern school by Jordaens, J. B. Weenix, J. &...
31 pp. 8vo (209 x 135 mm.), late 19th-cent. green sheep-backed marbled boards (spine worn), title on spine. Paris: Sibire & Regnault-Delalande, 1816.
The uncommon sale catalogue offering Peyron’s fine collection. Peyron (1744-1814), the painter and engraver greatly favored during the ancien régime, competed with Jacques-Louis David throughout his life. He won out against David for the 1773 Prix de Rome and later enjoyed the patronage of the Comte d’Angiviller. At the 1787 Salon, Peyron presented his sketch for the Death of Socrates (now Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen), a subject that David also treated with his momentous Neoclassical painting (now Metropolitan Museum of Art)...
1 p.l., 24 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: C. Hérissant, .
An uncommon anonymous sale catalogue. 70 lots of drawings (most of which contain many items), 326 lots of prints (again, with numerous items in each lot), and 112 lots of minerals, as well as a number of books and a bronze mirror. Very erratic numbering.
Very good copy. Bottom of title cropped and several leaves misbound. We locate only two copies in institutions; none in North America.
Numerous text illus. 2 p.l., xlvi, , 459,  pp.; 2 p.l., 274 pp., one leaf; 2 p.l., 309,  pp. Three vols. in two. Large 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound in cont. blue morocco-backed marbled boards, signed “Petitot Rel.,” t.e.g. Paris: Techener, 1897-98-98.
(—). Catalogue de la Collection de Dessins et Estampes de l’Ecole française du XVIIe et du XVIIIe Siècle de feu M. le Baron Jérôme Pichon. 2 p.l., 124 pp. Large 8vo, binding as above. Paris: A. Danlos, 1897.
The posthumous sale of Baron Pichon’s second library (more than 6000 lots) of illuminated manuscripts, illustrated books, and...
xxviii, 538 pp. 8vo, early 19th-cent. half-calf & patterned cloth sides, flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: [Robson, Clarke, & Edwards, 1789].
In 1788, the London booksellers James Edwards (1757-1816), and James Robson (1733-1806), bought in Venice for 6000 pounds the celebrated Pinelli library of which the excellent inventory catalogue by the custodian of the Bibliotheca Marciana, Jacopo Morelli, had appeared the previous year. They put it up for sale by means of the above catalogue, a shortened translation and adaptation of Morelli’s, by Samuel Paterson (1728-1802), another London bookseller and auctioneer. Although it was not a great success financially...
Engraved vignette of the collector’s bookplate on title. 2 p.l., 4,  (schedule of sale), vii, 414, 4 pp. 8vo, cont. red half-morocco & marbled boards, spine gilt, t.e.g. Paris: 1838.
(—). Autographes et Manuscrits de M. G. de Pixerécourt…dont la Vente aura lieu le mercredi 4 November 1840 et jours suivans… Engraved vignette of the collector’s bookplate on title. vii, , 114 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo. Paris: 1840.
Engraved vignette of the collector’s bookplate on half-title. 2 p.l.,  (schedule of sale), vii, 414, 4 pp. 8vo, cont. cloth-backed marbled boards. Paris: 1838.
Pixerécourt (1773-1844), the author of more than a hundred plays, “the Shakespeare and Corneille of the Boulevards,” was one of the founders of the Société des Bibliophiles français. The sale of his library was a major event in the annals of French bibliophily. The catalogue features wonderfully detailed and original literary and bibliographical notes by Charles Nodier and Paul Lacroix, the latter having taking down some of Pixerécourt’s own dictations.
The catalogue has 2313 lots plus a final lot describing Pixerécourt’s magnificent collection on the French Revolution, which occupies pages 343-414. This sold for 3000 frs. and was divided between the Bibliothèque du Sénat and the Louvre.
40 pp. 8vo, late 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece. Paris: J.B. Coignard, 1742.
An extremely rare catalogue of “one of the most important and renowned collections of antiquities assembled in the 18th century.”–Astrid Dostert, “La description historique des antiques du cardinal de Polignac par Moreau de Mautour…”, Journal des savants, 2001, Vol. I, pp. 93-152–(an extremely informative article).
Cardinal Polignac (1661-1742), an influential diplomat and art connoisseur, played an important role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Utrecht as well as maintaining close ties between France and the Vatican. Pope Alexander VIII is believed...
8 pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. marbled boards (joints restored), spine gilt. Paris: Poultier & Constantin, 1807.
The rare sale catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand, of Louis François Prault (1734-1806), ancien Imprimeur du Roi and son of the great publisher and bookseller Laurent François (1712-80). Prault’s firm printed many auction catalogues in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Because of the Constantins relationship with the Prault family, who printed almost all of their sale catalogues, either Guillaume Jean Constantin or his son, Amédée, was the expert for this sale.
The present catalogue describes Prault’s choice collection of paintings (by Greuze, Lancret, Teniers, Wijnants, van Goyen, etc.), drawings (by Titian, Caravaggio, Panini, Le Sueur, Cochin, etc.), as well as sculpture and ceramics. There is a total of 63 lots, all priced.