24 pp. 8vo (200 x 126 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.
A scarce sale catalogue of an artist’s personal collection; this copy is addressed on the title-page to the famous art collector Cardinal Fesch (1763-1839). Kymli (ca. 1748-ca. 1813), the court painter of Bavaria, constituted a choice collection of pictures by painters such as Caravaggio, J. Asselijn, N. Berghem, S. Bourdon, A. Brauwer, L. Carracci, Champaigne, J. van Goyen, Hoet, Holbein, Dujardin, Kalf, Miel, Molnaert, C. Poelenburgh, J. Ruysdael, Schedoni, Tiepolo, J. Vernet, Vien, etc.
175 lots. For each attributed painting, a concise description and measurements are provided. In the Avertissement, Regnault-Delalande states that the pictures will be sold according to the attributions under which Kymli originally purchased them and are not subject to return.
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24 pp. 8vo (200 x 126 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.
xiii, , 400 pp.; xii, 55 pp.; vi, 192 pp. Three parts in one vol. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (binding a little soiled), arms in gilt of Baron de Walckenaer on covers, single gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, black leather lettering piece on spine, t.e.g., others uncut. Paris: L. Potier, 1862.
A nice copy of the sale catalogue of the second of two libraries formed by La Bédoyère (1782-1861), one of the greatest French book collections of the second half of the 19th century. Immediately after selling his first library in 1837, he started on a second which was sold...
xii, 396 pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1754.
A rare sale catalogue of the library of a Fermier général. According to the Preface by Gabriel Martin, La Haye (1684-1753) was a son of one of the Sécretaires du Roi; he became a Fermier General in 1718 and served in this capacity until his death in 1753 at the age of sixty-nine. He was extremely successful and acquired the Hôtel Lambert from the Marquis du Châtelet in 1745 and lived there in great luxury with a large staff. He formed one of...
viii, 195 pp., 4 pp. of De Bure Bros. ads. 8vo, early 20th-cent. green half-morocco & marbled boards (occasional foxing), spine gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. Paris: De Bure frères, 1831.
One of the greatest sales of costume books. La Mésangère (1761-1831), “fondateur et éditeur du Journal des Modes, les propriétaire de cette bibliothèque s’était tout naturellement occupé de réunir un grand nombre d’ouvrages sur les costumes.”–Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 478.
La Mésangère, also the author of Dictionnaire des Proverbes, had a particular interest in early books of proverbs; they are included...
30 pp., 1 leaf. 8vo (193 x 120 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Fleuriau de Ponfol & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.
A very scarce sale catalogue of the collection of La Michodière (ca. 1745-1812) and her husband, Louis Thiroux de Crosne d’Arconville (1736-94), who was guillotined during the Terror. She was the daughter of the politician Jean Baptiste François de la Michodière (1720-97). As the chief of police in Paris, Thiroux supervised the pre-Revolutionary transformation of Paris’s urban landscape with the redesign of the Catacombs as an ossuary, clearing the city’s bridges of housing, and constructing workshops to employ the poor. Not much is...
2 p.l., xix, 334 pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed boards, flat spine decorated in gilt & blind. Paris: Crapelet, 1816.
The very rare auction catalogue of the library of La Porte du Theil (1742-1815), French Hellenist and conservator of manuscripts at the Royal Library; he played a role in the early attempts to decipher the Rosetta Stone. The collection was particularly rich in rare Italian books along with a fine collection of bibliography (lots 3248-3326). The preliminary leaves contain a valuable bio-bibliography of the collector by Silvestre de Sacy.
Very good copy and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. 3486 lots.
Engraved frontis. port., one folding engraved plate, & four engraved facsimiles (three folding). Four vols. 8vo, cont. calf (“veau porphyre”), gilt fillets round sides, gilt fleurons in each corner of covers, flat spines richly gilt, red & tan morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: G. De Bure, 1783.
An exceptionally lovely set of the celebrated catalogue of the first part of the most important book and manuscript collection of the 18th century. The catalogue, prepared by De Bure and Van Praet, contains MSS., noteworthy incunabula, and books printed on vellum or large paper. Their descriptions influenced French and English book collectors and bibliographers...
Engraved frontis. port., one folding engraved plate, & four engraved facsimiles (three folding). Three vols. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards, spines gilt. Paris: G. De Bure, 1783.
An attractive set of the celebrated catalogue of the first part of the most important book and manuscript collection of the 18th century. The catalogue, prepared by De Bure and Van Praet, contains MSS., noteworthy incunabula, and books printed on vellum or large paper. The sale, consisting of 5668 lots, made the enormous sum of 464,677 liv. 8 s.
"The manuscripts constitute an amazing collection of early French poetry and romances."Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 248.
liv, , 618 pp.; 2 p.l., 400 pp. Two vols. in one. Thick 4to, cont. speckled boards, excellently rebacked in antique calf, gilt, reusing the two red morocco lettering pieces on spine. Paris: G.F. de Bure, 1767.
A very rare large paper copy of the extremely uncommon auction catalogue of the first of three sales of duplicates from the library of the duc de la Vallière, who formed by the time of his death in 1780 the most important collection of books of the 18th century. La Vallière, born rich and richer still through several inheritances, began buying in a serious way at...
48 pp. 8vo (180 x 130 mm.), attractive antique marbled boards. Paris: Delaville & Paillet, 1781.
The auction catalogue of 114 paintings belonging to the Duc de la Vallière (1708-80), one of the greatest bibliophiles of the 18th century. This copy is fully priced, with most buyers’ names added in a contemporary hand. In addition to his fervent book collecting, La Vallière amassed an impressive collection of Italian and Northern school paintings, described here.
The present catalogue details 114 lots of paintings and a lot of two porcelain candle-stands. The paintings include the work of Raphael, Veronese, Tintoretto, Jordaens, Teniers, Rembrandt, Dou, Wouwerman, G....
48 pp. 8vo (180 x 130 mm.), late 19th-cent. brown morocco-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: Delaville & Paillet, 1781.
The auction catalogue of 114 paintings belonging to the Duc de la Vallière (1708-80), the greatest bibliophile of the 18th century. This copy is fully priced, with many buyers’ names added in a contemporary hand. In addition to his fervent book collecting, La Vallière amassed an impressive collection of Italian and Northern school paintings, described here.
The present catalogue details 114 lots of paintings and a lot of two porcelain candle-stands. The paintings include the work of Raphael, Veronese, Tintoretto, Jordaens, Teniers, Rembrandt, Dou...
2 p.l., xxiv, 171 pp. 8vo, cont. red morocco (a few minor defects to extremities), triple gilt fillet round sides, arms in gilt on each cover of the dauphin Louis de France (1729-65), son of Louis XV, spine richly gilt, a.e.g. Paris: G. Martin, 1759.
The very uncommon sale catalogue of the library of La Vigne de Frécheville (1695-1758), first doctor to Queen Marie Leszczynska, wife of King Louis XV, and physician to Maria Josepha, second wife of the dauphin Louis de France. This copy bears the arms of the dauphin, Marie Lezsczynska’s son, and the father of three kings...
Wood-engraved vignettes on upper & lower wrappers, one large folding lithographed frontis. 8vo (210 x 140 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, stitched as issued. Paris: Coutellier & C. Paillet; London: Wootburn frères [sic.]; Bruxelles: Héris, 1835.
A very scarce catalogue, in original state, of the personal art collection of Lafontaine (1758-1835), who “took care to prepare every new stage in his career without ever allowing himself to be affected by the political or economic changes.”–Blumenfeld, p. 218. Born in Flanders, he trained under the artists Kaplan van Neste and Jean Douelle. After his acceptance into the Académie, Lafontaine exhibited a number of paintings at...
38 pp. 8vo (195 x 128 mm.), late 19th-cent. brown morocco-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: Paillet, Boileau & La Fontaine, An VI .
The scarce auction catalogue of a collection of paintings assembled by the artist and dealer Lafontaine (1758-1835). In a recent study, Carole Blumenfeld writes: “As early as 1796, Lafontaine organized two initial sales without catalog at the Hôtel de Bullion…during the course of 1798, he effected a clear change in his commercial strategy, appreciably reducing the proportion of French artists between his two sales, in January and December, and investing the profits from the first sale in Holland over the ensuing...
2 p.l., 60 pp. 8vo (189 x 131 mm.), late 19th-cent. marbled boards, red sheep lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Laneuville, Henry & Bonnefons de la Vialle, 1821.
A scarce sale catalogue of paintings and several drawings, with nearly all prices in a contemporary hand and several marginal notes, along with a curious letter bound-in at the end. The contents of this sale were probably drawn from the stock of Laneuville (1748-1826) and Bon Thomas Henry (1766-1836). One hand, in ink, has recorded all but a few prices, while another, possibly later and in pencil, has noted the provenance of one picture and several occasions when...
dont la vente se fera le jeudi 24 mars 1825 et jours suivants. 2 p.l., xviii, 558 pp.; 31 pp.; 1 p.l., lxxxix pp. 8vo, half-calf & marbled boards, flat spine gilt. Paris: J.S. Merlin, 1825.
The scarce auction catalogue of the large library (4364 lots) formed by Louis Mathieu Langlès (1763-1824), one of the leading orientalists of his time and conservator of the oriental manuscripts at the then Bibliothèque du Roi. Archer Taylor points out (in his Book Catalogues, p. 138) that a specialized catalogue such as this one has great bibliographical value.
"Ce catalogue, rédigé avec beaucoup de soin...Très-riche en voyages et en livres de linguistique, il offre une sorte de bibliographie orientale."-Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 479.
36 pp. 8vo, late 19th-century green morocco-backed marbled boards (extremities a little worn), title on spine. Paris: Joullain, 1775.
A rare sale catalogue describing an impressive group of paintings. Lassay (1652-1738), known as the “Don Juan du Grand Siècle” due to his dissipated personal life, was a man of letters and supporter of the libertines. His son, Léon de Madaillan, the comte de Lassay (1683-1750), commissioned the construction of the Hôtel de Lassay, now the residence of the president of the Assemblée nationale. Charlotte Guichard has written that unscrupulous experts continued to employ the Lassay family name to promote sales decades after...
106 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Le Brun, 1785.
The uncommon sale catalogue of the collection of a famous patron of the arts. Bailli de Breteuil (1725?-85), an influential diplomat who was ambassador to Malta, collected paintings, sculptures, curiosities, and objets d’art. He lived in Rome for about two decades and he owned a magnificent Roman villa decorated by Lavallée-Poussin. Upon returning to Paris in 1787, he frequented Grimod de La Reynière’s salon. Rumors abounded that Bailli was engaged in an affair with Madame Grimod.
The present catalogue fully describes 102 paintings, 42 drawings, 18 prints, and 240 lots of sculpture, precious minerals, porcelains, ceramics, snuffboxes, antiquities, and furniture. Bailli owned works by Del Piombo, Fragonard (No. 49 “The Stolen Kiss” resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Velazquez, Dürer, Bourdon, Le Nain, Poussin, etc. Of particular note in this catalogue is a section devoted to table centerpieces (surtout de table), models of ancient monuments including the temples of Minerva, Mercury, two arcs de triomphe, four obelisks, 12 sphinxes, and finally 75 knives made from various materials. All are thoroughly described.
Finely engraved frontis. with profile of Le Bas (drawn by Cochin & engraved by C.E. Gaucher) & finely engraved tailpiece at the end of the biographical sketch (by same). xlix, 92, 19 pp. catalogue list. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff boards (head of spine a little split), leaves uncut. Paris: Clousier & Joullain, 1783.
The very rare sale catalogue of the engraver to the Cabinet du Roi; with a valuable list of 133 catalogues produced by Joullain since 1763. Le Bas (1707-83), studied under Antoine Hérisset and is famous for his skilled imitations of works by Teniers, Wouwerman, Falens, Coypel, Watteau, Oudry, etc.
This catalogue begins with a lengthy and most informative biographical sketch based on notes by Hecquet, a connoisseur of prints and close friend of Le Bas. It discusses contemporary debates on the artistic merit of engraving and Le Bas’ reputation in the art world, providing an intimate understanding of the man.
Woodcut arms of Le Blanc on title. xvi, 310 pp. (lacking the 19-leaf index). 8vo, cont. calf (headcap a bit defective), spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1729.
The very rare sale catalogue of the library of Le Blanc (1669-1728), who held many positions in the defense ministry of France, finally serving from 1726 until his death as chief defense minister. As befitting an “homme d’état, ” this was a library rich in French history, histories of other countries, and biographies. 3328 lots; the final 130 lots are MSS., mostly historical and legal. As is often...
23 pp. 8vo (215 x 140 mm.), late 19th-century marbled boards, brown leather lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Me. Poquereau [sic.] & Joullain, 1778.
A very rare sale catalogue with no copy represented in North American institutional collections. The owner of this collection may have been Nicolas Le Sueur (1691-1764), the son of Pierre Le Sueur II. This catalogue describes 171 lots, mostly consisting of prints executed after famous paintings. The first three lots are “tableaux à gouache.” The prints include the works of Choffard, Woollett, Boullanger, Wille, P. Le Bas, Moreau, Strange, N. Porporati, A. Zingg, J. J. Flipart, etc.
A fine, wide-margined copy of this rare catalogue. Engraved bookplate of the Parisian art dealer Georges Pannier (1853-1944), and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on the verso of title.
63 pp. (pagination continuous for the two parts). 8vo, later 19th cent. half-sheep & marbled boards (spine rubbed), gilt title on spine, uncut. Paris: Le Brun, 1791.
A very rare catalogue by Le Brun of what appears to be a stock sale. It describes 110 lots of prints (nos. 1021-1130) and 262 notable 17th- and 18th-century books.
Nice copy, we do not locate a copy in North America. Engraved bookplate of Georges Pannier, the Parisian art dealer on front paste-down and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of the title-page.
90 pp. 8vo (205 x 136 mm.), later 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards (upper hinge cracked & spine rubbed), spine gilt. Paris: Lebrun & Chariot, 1813.
The scarce catalogue of the final sale organized by Lebrun, who died in August later that year. Our copy, fully annotated with prices and buyers’ names in a contemporary hand, also bears an inscription on the title-page, which reads: “appartenait à Mr. Lebrun Peintre. Et a quelques autres amateurs, et à M.M. Legrand et Laneuville…” At the end of his career, Lebrun was clearly desperate for consignments, and accepted pieces from his rivals, as indicated by the inscription. Many of the...
iii (i.e. viii), 191 pp. 8vo, cont. polished calf, triple gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: G. De Bure, 1776.
An important library of classical literature; “la Bibliothèque dont je publie le Catalogue, est une des plus complettes en Littérature Grecque & Latine, qui ait été mise en vente jusqu’à présent.”–from De Bure’s “Avertissement.” De Bure goes on to state that it was he who was entirely in charge of forming Lemarié’s library.
1903 lots. With a valuable index of authors.