viii, 185 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Muzier, 1772.
An uncommon catalogue describing the famed collection of the Crozat dynasty of collectors. Louis Antoine (1700-70), a general and sophisticated collector in his own right, was the son of Antoine Crozat (1655-1738), and the nephew of Pierre Crozat (1665-1740), both wealthy merchants — though Pierre was ironically known as “Crozat le Pauvre,” compared to his brother who was reputed to be the wealthiest man in Paris. Together, they patronized Watteau and other Rococo artists, and amassed one of the most...
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viii, 185 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Muzier, 1772.
2 p.l., 36 pp. Small 8vo, disbound. Paris: P. Defer, 1832.
A scarce Defer catalogue. Presented are 12 lots of paintings and drawings; 225 lots of Italian, German, Flemish, Dutch, English, and French prints; examples of early lithography; and illustrated books.
Nice copy. 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 de Collections de Dessins & d’Estampes (online) 4946.
16 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Potier & Regnault-Delalande, 1819.
A very rare auction catalogue of primarily paintings, issued by the prolific expert François Léandre Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824); we locate no example of this volume in North America. This was Regnault-Delalande’s 300th public sale catalogue The seller’s first name is unknown, but Daguilan was secretary-general of the prefecture of the department of Deux-Nèthes, which comprised parts of present-day Belgium and the Netherlands.
72 lots, 68 of which are paintings lots. It includes works by Boullogne, A. Brauwer, J. van Goyen, Kalf, Lucas...
2 p.l., 385,  pp. Small 8vo, disbound (some pale dampstaining & browning), uncut. The Hague: A. de Hondt, 1723.
The uncommon sale catalogue of the library of Dalmann; this is one of the “meritorious catalogues recommended by J.G. Schelhorn.”–Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 225. Taylor states that he was tempted to include all the catalogues from Schelhorn’s list found in his Anleitung, including the Dalmann, to his own list of catalogues of private libraries recommended for reference use (pp. 223-66 in Book Catalogues).
This was a large library of 3634 lots (1426 lots of folios, 1305 lots of quartos, and 903 lots...
1 p.l., 18 pp. Small 8vo (201 x 132 mm.), cont. pink wrappers (defective), stitched. Paris: Delaroche & Gendron, 1814.
A rare sale catalogue, fully annotated in a contemporary hand with prices and most buyers’ names, issued by the dealer-expert Delaroche (act. 1795-1821). Father of the great history painter Paul Delaroche (1797-1856), Hypolite was one of the more prominent vendors of paintings in Paris at the turn of the century. Delaroche frequently collaborated with Paillet on important sales like those of Robit (1801), van Eyl Sluyter (1802), and Prince Giustiniani (1808/12). His final sale, probably consisting of stock, was held in December 1821 (Lugt 10140).
This catalogue describes 64 lots of paintings, prints, and curiosities. The Getty Provenance Index notes that an inscription on the British Library copy suggests that some of the items in this auction belonged to “Drolling, Landon, Rochu et autres.” Five of Drolling’s pictures and three of Landon’s are listed in the present catalogue, possibly meaning the artists consigned unsold pieces of theirs to Delaroche. The contemporary pencil annotations show that other dealers, Lafontaine, Billaudel, and Vigny, were active at this sale.
31,  p. 8vo (196 x 134 mm.), disbound (a few leaves loose), traces of orig. stitching strengthened with scotch tape. Paris: Delaroche & Gendron, 1814.
A rare auction catalogue of a sale administered by Delaroche, partially priced in a contemporary hand. According to the Getty Provenance Index, most of the paintings were owned by Delaroche himself, and in the Avertissement he states that a number of the pictures have appeared in recent auctions.
115 lots. Paintings by Bolognese, Giorgione, L. Bakhuizen, Boilly, An. Carracci, Cignani, Canaletto, Cuyp, Jordaens, Lippi, Le Brun, Moucheron, Neef, C. Netscher, Poelenburg, Guido Reni, Rubens, Rembrandt, S. Ruysdael, Schedoni, Tintoretto, J....
4 p.l., 183 pp. 8vo, attractive antique speckled calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Barrois l’aîné, et Fils and Alexandre, 1803.
The rare sale catalogue of the library of Charles Desprez de Boissy (1730?-87), a leading French theater critic of the time. A lawyer to the Paris parlement, he was a member of many scientific and literary societies in France and Italy and the author of highly esteemed works on the theater.
“La collection de ce amateur érudit contenait d’importants manuscrits et de nombreux autographes. On y remarquait surtout douze volumes in-folio de plans...
Two frontis. & 54 plates (all photographs) and illus. in the text. Two vols. Large 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound in later blue half-morocco & cloth by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, t.e.g. Luzern: H. Gilhofer & H. Ranschburg, 1933-34.
The library of the Princes Dietrichstein in Moravia included the libraries of the Nürnberg humanist Hieronymus Münzer (1440-1508), his son-in-law and heir Hieronymus Holzschuher (1469-1529), Dürer’s friend, and Ferdinand Hoffman, Baron Grünspühel (1540-1607). The library’s intricate history is well-recorded in the introduction to Part I.
Fine set from the library of Eric Sexton. 1439 lots. With the printed lists of estimates bound-in.
Title printed in red & black. viii, 87 pp. 8vo, cont. half-morocco & marbled boards, spine gilt, t.e.g., signed by R. Raparlier. Paris: J. Techener, 1863.
The sale catalogue of the small but extremely choice collection of Léopold Double, originally an artillery officer and later a co-founder of one of the large Mediterranean shipping lines. His splendid library was formed in three short years with an annual expenditure of 50,000 francs. The 397 lots realized the extraordinary sum of 272,000 francs. The preface includes a letter to Double by Paul Lacroix (“Bibliophile Jacob”), expressing his passionate regret at Double’s precipitous decision to...
2 p.l., 286 pp. Small 8vo, orig. blue wrappers. Dresden: “Gedruckt beym Hofbuchdrucker Meinhold,” 1807.
A very rare Dresden book auction catalogue; Loh, V, p. 227 locates no copy. This was a large sale of 5598 lots. While most of the lots are 17th and 18th century, there are a good number of 16th-century books as well. The range of subjects is impressive. and many of the books are in French, English, and Latin.
Segnitz was a long-standing auctioneer of books, natural history specimens, and art in Dresden. He sold many famous libraries during his career. Known for issuing catalogues that listed books in...
Four vols. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (covers of Vol. I lightly stained, spines dust-soiled, lightly foxed throughout as usual). The Hague: J. Swart & P. de Hondt, 1725.
With its almost 30,000 lots this was the largest sale ever held in any country up to 1725, a record not broken until the Thott sale (Copenhagen: 1789-1795) and the Heber sales of the 1830s. The Du Bois sale lasted for nearly two months.
This extraordinary library was the creation of the Abbé Jean-Paul Bignon (1662-1743), who was for many years secretary of the Académie des Sciences. When, in 1718, he was appointed Bibliothécaire du...
Engraved frontis. port. of the collector & an engraved vignette on title. 6 p.l. (incl. port.), xxii, 450, 107*,  pp.,  leaves of index. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (corners a bit worn), spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1725.
One of the finest French 18th-century collections; the sale catalogue of the library of Du Fay (1662-1723), is considered to be the best of those compiled by Gabriel Martin, who made Paris the international center for the sale of rare books by auction. Du Fay, after losing his leg in the bombardment of Brussels in 1695, devoted the rest of...
Engraved frontis. port. of the collector & an engraved vignette on title. 6 p.l., xxii, 450, 107*,  pp., 27 leaves. 8vo, cont. sheep (upper joint partly cracked but very strong), spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1725.
One of the finest French 18th-century collections; the sale catalogue of the library of Charles Jérôme de Cisternay Du Fay (1662-1723), is considered to be the best of those compiled by Gabriel Martin, who made Paris the international center for the sale of rare books by auction. Du Fay, after losing his leg in the bombardment of Brussels in 1695, retired from...
2 p.l., 94 pp., 11 pp. schedule of sale. 8vo (200 x 130 mm.), orig. marbled paper wrappers preserved in red morocco-backed marbled boards, black morocco lettering-pieces on spine. Paris: Lebrun, 1784.
A rare sale catalogue, priced throughout in two distinct hands and with many buyers’ names, of the first Dubois sale, in which paintings by contemporary French artists and Northern old masters were almost equally represented. The second sale was also conducted by Lebrun, on 20 December 1785 (Lugt 3965), and the third, organized by Paillet, took place on 18 December 1788 (Lugt 4367).
“It was during the 1780s that, for the first time, a number of collections came onto...
2 p.l., ii, 20 pp. 8vo (202 x 127 mm.), modern marbled boards, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Pérignon & Chariot; Amsterdam: Coclers; Antwerp: Beckmans; Brussels: Marnef; Ghent: Spruyt; Manheim: Artaria; London: Wood Burn, 1816.
A scarce auction catalogue issued by the expert Alexis Nicolas Pérignon (1785-1864), who presided over a number of important sales — Constantin, Denon, J.L. David — in the 1810s and 1820s. He was also appointed the commissaire-expert des Musées Royaux, a prestigious title once held by the leading dealer and taste-maker Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun (1748-1813). Dufresne, the consignor to this sale, was a wealthy stockbroker.
This catalogue describes 65 lots, including paintings by Bega, N. Berghem, Brauwer, B. Breenbergh, Dou, Dujardin, Metsu, A. & I. van Ostade, Steen, Teniers, Ph. & P. Wouwerman, etc. Some of the entries have extensive notes, and measurements are provided for most pictures.
16 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1818.
A very scarce sale catalogue of drawings and prints; we locate no copy in North America. The present example bears a contemporary ink inscription on the title-page recording the seller as a jeweler named “Devoix,” which is supported by Lugt’s examination of other copies. The 1812 Dictionnaire topographique of the Paris area lists a jeweler named “François Devoix” on quai des Orfèvres, no. 42, also noted as the favored jeweler of the prince and princess Borghese.
61 lots, with drawings by Baltard, Boissieu, Demarne, Taunay, Vauzelle, H. Vernet, Veron, etc. Lots 39-61 are individual prints and ensembles. Each entry provides a concise description and measurements.
2 p.l., 366 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound (spine a little defective). Leipzig: 1809.
A rare sale catalogue: Loh, V, p. 256 locates no copy, although WorldCat records a copy at the Sachsische Landesbibliothek, Dresden. This was a large sale of 5162 lots of books and 176 lots of prints and music; it took place in Eilenburg, near Leipzig. While the sale is anonymous, there were several notable Eilenburg residents who died that year and are candidates for ownership, including Sabina Christophora von Görne (b. 1739) and the city physician Christian Gottlob Francke (b. 1760).
The lots are arranged by subject and then format. Section 18 is enticingly entitled “Typographische Monumente und andere Seltenheiten” and contains, amongst other notable books, a Hypnerotomachia Poliphili of 1499. Section 19 lists manuscripts including a 7th- or 8th-century vellum manuscript of Isidore of Seville!
Folding engraved frontis. & five engraved plates. 2 p.l., 2, 32 pp., , 33-103. 8vo, cont. half-sheep & marbled boards (rejointed & extremities rubbed), spine gilt. Edinburgh: Printed by J. Hutchison, .
A famous sale with fatal results; it is clear that this copy survived the collapse of the floor on which the sale was held. John Clerk, Lord Eldin (1757–1832), was one of the leading Scottish lawyers of his time; “he acquired so extensive a practice that, it is said, at one period of his career he had nearly half the business of the court in his hands. As a pleader he was remarkable, both for...
38 pp. 8vo (200 x 125 mm.), orig. rose printed wrappers (some tape repairs & spine worn), stitched as issued. Paris: Elie & Bonnefond de Sarial, 1818.
A scarce sale catalogue, in its original wrappers, consisting of 108 lots of mostly paintings, with a handful of drawings and prints. Administered by Elie (n.d.), who was part of the generation of experts that filled the vacuum caused by the deaths of Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun in 1813 and Alexandre Joseph Paillet in 1814. Trained as a painter, Elie started his activities as a picture dealer at the beginning of the century. Between 1801 and 1810, records show...
Sumptuously illustrated throughout with tipped-in plates (many in superb color) & text illus. 6 vols. including the Supplement to Part 2. Large 4to, orig. cloth (several spines faded). Paris: [1972-74].
The magnificently produced auction catalogue of one of the greatest collections of the last century of fine bindings, manuscripts, and illustrated books from the 14th century to the present day. Esmerian collected only the finest possible examples.
The supplement — “Douze Tableaux Synoptiques sur la Reliure au XVIIe Siècle” — contains the first analysis of French 17th century pointillé bindings by workshop.
2 p.l., x, 239 pp.; 279 pp.; 146 pp.; 2 p.l., xii, 252 pp.; 187 pp. Five parts in two vols. 8vo, cont. calf (well-rebacked & recornered with the orig. spines laid-down, some browning), spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: J. Guerin, 1740.
The library of the Duc d’Estrées (1660-1737), was probably the largest private library in France of its time, comprising 52,000 volumes. The prices realized were low, no doubt depressed by the huge quantity of material offered. Although the Duc de Saint-Simon, perhaps somewhat maliciously, stated that his fellow-duke’s vast library had been packed up in bales throughout his life, the library...
xii, 490 pp. 8vo, cont. calf (well-rebacked to match), gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine. London: Printed at Barker & Son, 1802.
A rare auction catalogue; the collection was purchased before the sale en bloc by Trinity College, Dublin. The Fagel library, formed over the course of almost two centuries by a politically powerful Dutch family, today is one of the most important collections at Trinity College, Dublin. “The Fagel library was the product of a century of rich Amsterdam taste, remarkable fo its large collection of maps and of European topography and views, though its ten...
1 p.l., v-xliv, 543 pp.; 1 p.l., -829 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. sheep (corners worn, head of spine of Vol. II a bit chipped), spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines, a.e.g. Paris: Barrois, 1763.
The sale catalogue of one of the most important and largest of all private book collections, especially strong in medicine and natural history; Peignot states (p. 97) “ce catalogue est un des plus considérables qui existent.” Falconet (1671-1762), French court physician, was a book collector for more than seventy years and this catalogue contains 19,798 lots (the library comprised about 60,000 books; many...
1 p.l., 3, , [v]-xx, 338 pp. 8vo, attractive antique blue morocco-backed marbled boards (title slightly browned), spine gilt. Paris: Tilliard Frères, Juin 1810.
The uncommon sale catalogue of the library of Fourcroy (1755-1809), the great chemist. The catalogue lists 2781 lots of which about 2000 are works on science and medicine. Many rare chemical books are listed. It is preceded by a biographical note including a bibliography of Fourcroy’s writings and a schedule of the sale. At the end, there is a 68-column index.
According to Peignot, the compiler of the catalogue was François Henri Stanislas de l’Aulnay (1739-1831), the author of...