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...
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36 pp. 8vo, late 19th-century green morocco-backed marbled boards (extremities a little worn), title on spine. Paris: Joullain, 1775.
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...
40 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf (recased with sympathetic new endpapers), spine nicely gilt. Paris: Lebrun, 1781.
A spectacular “illustrated” copy of this important sale catalogue with 21 detailed contemporary ink sketches in a similar style to Gabriel de Saint Aubin (1724-80), who frequently embellished art auction catalogues with original drawings (croquis).
Le Blanc (1707-81), man of letters, translator of David Hume, and a true taste-making collector, was an early exponent of Chardin’s paintings. In 1749, Madame de Pompadour selected Le Blanc as a guide for the future marquis de Marigny’s tour of Italy, on which they were accompanied by Jacques Germain Soufflot...
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.
viii, 268 pp. 8vo, early 19th-cent. marbled boards (spine defective). Amsterdam: P. Yver, .
The extremely rare French edition (there was an edition in Dutch the same year) of this catalogue of an impressive sale. A contemporary annotator has supplemented it with prices, buyers’ names, and commentary on the artworks, almost all dismissive, in the margins. Van Slingelandt (1701-82), a great patron of the arts who lived in Dordrecht, amassed one of the most notable Dutch painting collections of the 18th century. This heavily annotated volume is the first and most important part of the sale, describing 701(!) paintings along with eight...
x, 64 pp., 1 leaf of vacations. 8vo (216 x 142 mm.), late 19th-cent. calf-backed marbled boards, blue morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Guyot & Regnault-Delalande, 1817.
An important and rare print auction catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand; we locate only one copy in North America. The seller may have been François Etienne Logette, who is recorded as living on rue de Richelieu in previous years. A wealthy merchant, he put together an impressive group of prints, which this sale’s expert, Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824), has described in much greater detail than his customary catalogue entries.
The 191 lots, mostly prints, include works by Audran, Bartolozzi, N. Berghem, C. Bloemaert, Boissieu, An. Carracci, Desnoyers, Dürer, van Dyck, Earlom, Edelinck, Goltzius, Hollar, Ingouf, S. Le Clerc, Mantegna, Massard, Morghen, Nanteuil, Poilly, Potter, Rembrandt, W. Sharp, Strange, Tardieu, C. Visscher, Vivares, Wille, Woollett, etc. There are also paintings by Lantara, along with sculptures and ceramics by Bouchardon. For each print, Regnault-Delalande provides a succinct biography of the artist, the title, measurements, state (many first or avant-lettre), and comments on the item’s rarity. He also notes when he has previously sold a lot in one of his auctions.
Dont la vente se fera en détail, le Lundi 23. May 1735. & jours suivans... 1 p.l., xxi, 184,  pp. 12mo, cont. speckled calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, arms in gilt on each cover of Guillaume-Gabriel Pavée de Vendeuvre (see below). Paris: J. Barois, 1735.
Louis Dufour de Longueruë (1652-1733), was one of the leading French scholars of his time and he wrote many monographs on various topics concerning French and ancient history. The library is predictably rich in historical works; 2420 lots including some MSS. and priced throughout in a contemporary hand.
The bio-bibliography at the front of the catalogue is one of the main sources we have concerning Longueruë. With an excellent author index at end.
1 p.l., 114 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. Würzburg: J.S. Richter, 1827.
The very rare auction catalogue — Loh, Vol. 7, p. 219, locates no copy — of the books, prints, and music offered for sale by the Würzburg bookseller and taxation official Louis. He died on 6 January 1828, two weeks before the sale. The sale was postponed, and his wife later held the auction in the autumn.
The catalogue has about 2000 lots, with excellent collections of medicine, surgery, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pharmacology, botany, natural history, art, and philosophy.
viii, 349 pp.; vi (misnumbered viii), 264 pp. Two vols. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound in attractive 20th-cent. cloth, green leather lettering pieces on spines, uncut. Paris: L. Potier & M. Defer; London: Barthès & Lowell, 1852.
(—). Catalogue de Livres provenant de la Bibliothèque du Chateau d’Eu. 29 pp., one leaf of “Vacations.” 8vo, uncut. Paris: L. Potier, 1853.
Two folding engraved facsimiles (one in red & black). xxviii, 583 pp.; 2 p.l., 473 pp. Two vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, printed paper labels on spines, uncut. Paris: De Bure, 1815.
De Ricci described the Mac-Carthy-Reagh library as "extravagantly rich in books printed on vellum" and the Duke of Devonshire was inspired to put in a bid of 20,000 pounds for the collection which in fact brought only some 16,000 pounds when it came up for auction in 1817. The mysterious Mac-Carthy-Reagh had been a collector on a grand scale, purchasing Girardot de Préfond's collection en bloc in 1769 and leaving a library...
Two folding engraved facsimiles (one in red & black). xxviii, 583 pp.; 2 p.l., 473 pp. Two vols. Large 8vo, cont. red straight-grained half morocco & glazed red paper boards bound in Vienna for Archduke Karl (“Carl Ludwig”), flat spines gold-tooled & lettered in compartments, the Archduke’s initials “CL” in top compartment. Paris: De Bure, 1815.
Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux…provenant de la Vente de feu M. le Comte de Mac-Carthy-Reagh à vendre aux prix marqués à chaque Article. [iii]-vi, 57,  pp. 8vo. Paris: De Bure frères, 1817.
Engraved medallion port. of the collector on title. 32,  pp. 8vo, modern half-calf & paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: J.L. Nyon l’aîné, 1797.
The sale catalogue of the vast library, especially rich in natural history, formed by one of the outstanding figures of 18th-century France. Lamoignon-Malesherbes (1721-94), born into one of the great legal families, was the son of Guillaume de Lamoignon, Chancellor of France, who entrusted his son with the control of the press which he exercised in the most liberal manner: Grimm asserted that without his assistance the Encyclopédie would probably never...
Finely engraved frontis. 10 p.l. (incl. frontis.), 192, 250, 284 pp. Three parts in one vol. 8vo, cont. sheep (upper joint a little cracked but strong, minor wear & rubbing to binding), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. The Hague: A. de Hondt, 1712.
Rare. While N.U.C. puts this under Henricus Hadrianus van der Marck, B.M.C. has it under Joannes à Marck, a professor of theology and Blogie attributes the catalogue to Thomas Nicolaas van der Marck. See Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 252 for a discussion.
This was an important and large library and the sale catalogue contains 8439 lots, including...
2 p.l., 232 pp. Small 4to, cont. marbled boards (some wear, title a little soiled & dampstained), orig. printed label on spine. Rome: J.A. Monaldini, 1786.
A very rare and early Italian catalogue (I believe it to be an auction catalogue); “there were very few auctions in Italy before the nineteenth century, where inventory sales at fixed prices seem to have been the normal custom.”–Pollard & Ehrman, p. 204–(Pollard thinks this catalogue is an inventory catalogue). This catalogue has far greater characteristics of auction catalogues than inventory catalogues: each item is numbered, it is not arranged by shelf, and there are no...
1 p.l., ii, 58 pp. 8vo (205 x 134 mm.), cont. blue paper wrappers bound in brown crushed morocco-backed marbled boards (spine a trifle rubbed), title on spine. Paris: Paillet & Boileau, An X [i.e., 1802].
A rare auction catalogue describing the large picture collection (or inventory) of the history painter Martin (1737-1800). A pupil of Vien and Cipriani, he became an associate of the Académie in 1771, exhibiting at the Salon until 1798. According to the entry in the Getty Provenance Index written by Benjamin Peronnet, Martin, starting in 1776, became a part-time dealer, which was against the rules of the Académie. The...
Five vols. bound in three. 8vo, orig. blue boards, nicely rebacked in sympathetic white paper, printed labels on spines, uncut. The Hague: S. & J. Luchtmans et al., 1824.
A fine uncut set in the original boards of the sale catalogue of the Meerman collection, “one of the most famous private libraries in Europe.”–Munby, Phillipps Studies, Vol. III, p. 26. The library was founded by Gerard Meerman (1722-71), a prominent jurist and the author of Origines Typographicae in which he proclaimed Laurent Coster the inventor of printing. Gerard’s greatest coup was to acquire the entire manuscript collection of the Collège de Clermont...
1 p.l., 109 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. Berlin: 1815.
The very rare sale catalogue — Loh, Vol. 6, p. 102, locates no copy — of the fine scientific library of Meyer (1739-1811), owner of the Hof-Apotheke in Stettin. He studied chemistry in Berlin under J.H. Pott and A.S. Marggraf, and in 1764 he went to Uppsala University, where he studied botany with Linnaeus and possibly chemistry with J.G. Wallerius. In 1780 Meyer founded a distillery in Stettin to produce French-style brandy and liqueurs according to a process that he had developed in his apothecary shop.
This library of 2227 lots was an important collection of botanical, chemical, medical, and pharmaceutical texts, including all the works of “the chemical revolution.”
63 pp. 8vo, attractive modern marbled boards, paper lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Remy & Delalande, 1789.
A very rare catalogue describing a vast collection of mostly prints and albums of prints. The 328 lots, many of which consist of more than a dozen items, include the work of Ammon, Visscher, Bourdon, Audran, Poilly, G. Edelinck, Dürer, Bloemart, Goltzius, Bosse, Callot, Lebas, Choffard, etc. The prints are generally after pieces by famous artists such as Rubens, Hollar, Raphael, Rembrandt, and the Sadelers. Many of the recueils, which are well-described, contain original prints by the artist and, when factoring in copies, number about 1000 prints...