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xvi, 246, , 4 pp. 8vo, cont. attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards. Paris: G. de Bure, 1780.
An important sale of 1604 lots; this copy has been priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Gouttard's collection was rich in first editions of classical literature and history and many of the books were on large paper or vellum and in the finest possible condition. There is a biographical sketch of Gouttard serving as the Preface in which it is noted that Gouttard edited texts of Horace and Virgil. All the great collectors and dealers of the period purchased at this sale, including Comte d'Artois; d'Hangard; Le...
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.
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.
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...
One folding engraved plate. Title printed in red & black. Double-page title, 14, 364, , 61, 925, , 485,  pp. Four parts in one vol. Thick 8vo, cont. calf (one corner worn, some browning due to the quality of the paper), single gilt fillet round sides, spine nicely gilt. Celle: J.G. Passin, 1744.
The very rare auction catalogue of the monumental collection of ancient and modern medals and coins formed by Gerhard Wolter Molanus (1633-1722), the influential Lutheran theologian and abbot of Loccum. After Molanus' death, the collection passed to his disciple and nephew Justus Christoph Boehmer (1671-1732), who succeeded his uncle as abbot of Loccum.
This was an enormously valuable collection; we know that upon Molanus' death his estate has to pay the very large sum of 66,000 thalers in taxes on the collection.
5 p.l., 219,  pp. 8vo, cont. boards, black leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: Silvestre, 1824.
An important sale. "Ce catalogue renferme une réunion très-nombreuse de livres imprimés par les Elzeviers; il en est de très-rares et qui étaient jusqu'alors restés inconnus aux bibliographes."Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 498. A large number of Motteley's books come from the libraries of de Thou and the Comte d'Hoym.
We learn from the same source that Motteley (d. 1850), lived as a hermit, alone and isolated in a rundown apartment. He was afraid to make home repairs because of...
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.
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;...
1 p.l., 288 pp. Large 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound in, cont. dark green half-morocco, cloth sides, spine gilt, t.e.g. London: 1874.
A handsome copy, ruled in red with prices and buyers' names in a contemporary hand. Tite was a noted architect whose principal work was the remodeling of the Royal Stock Exchange (1844). He was a strenuous opponent of the Neo-Gothic style as practiced by Sir George Gilbert Scott (see D.N.B.). "Among the contemporaries of Henry Huth was a notable bibliophile, the enthusiastic architect Sir William Tite (1798-1873), whose fine and valuable library brought nearly £20,000, a large sum...
xvi, 312 pp. 8vo, 19th cent. half-calf (head of upper joint a bit worn, some browning), spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: De Bure, 1780.
(--). Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux de la Bibliothéque de M. Mel de Saint Ceran. xii, 290 (i.e. 300), 42 pp. 8vo (some browning). Paris: De Bure, 1791.
1 p.l., 29 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. [London]: 1816.
A very rare priced catalogue, listing about 500 titles, issued by one of the most important London booksellers of the time. The firm had two locations, joined by a bridge across the street between shops. Black apprenticed for his father from 1781 to 1789 and was succeeded by his son, Alexander. The firm continued until the middle of the 19th century.
Frontis. depicting the facade of Bohn’s bookshop, title within decorative border (foxed). 1 p.l., iv, 1948 pp.; 148,  pp. Two vols. Thick 8vo, cont. half-morocco & cloth sides (minor foxing), spines nicely gilt. London: 1841.
A very pretty copy, sensibly bound in two volumes, of the “celebrated ‘guinea catalogue’ which listed no less than 23,208 articles (a figure unsurpassed in the annals of bookselling so far as my knowledge goes).”–Munby, Phillipps Studies, Vol. III, p. 93. The catalogue made Bohn famous and secured him an unrivalled position in the booktrade.
Bookplate of Sir Francis Hopkins, Bart.
N.p.: ca. 1844.
A fine library catalogue describing the collection of the Comte de Fortis (1768-1847), French man of letters and lawyer. Born at Chambéry, Fortis served as an avocat général at the court of Lyon and wrote many literary works including accounts of Lyon and Aix-les-Bains as well as a memoir of Jacquard.
This is a handsomely-written manuscript library catalogue, listing about 1300 books, mostly belles-lettres, travel, and law from the 18th and early 19th centuries. The latest book entered we have noticed is dated 1844.
32 pp. 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. [Leipzig]: 1779.
Fritsch was one of the leading publishers and booksellers of Leipzig, with connections across Europe and Britain. The firm had been established in Leipzig by Thomas Fritsch (1666-1726). This unpriced catalogue lists about 800 titles, including many of the standard English books of the 18th century, a run of Baskervilles, some “racy” novels, science, history, and Greek and Roman classics.
Minor browning but a fine copy. Not in WorldCat or ESTC.
Mezzotint frontis. port. of George III (a little foxed), arms on each title, & two engraved views of the library serving as head- & tailpieces. Five vols. Large folio, cont. red straight-grained morocco (minor scuffing), panelled & tooled in gilt with centerpiece stamped monogram "GR" surmounted by a crown on covers, spines gilt, dentelles gilt, a.e.g. London: W. Bulmer & W. Nicol, 1820-29.
The catalogue, "sumptuously printed" by Bulmer, of the magnificent library of King George III (1738-1820), donated to the nation by his son, George IV. This is a royal copy, having belonged to Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and the...
16 pp. 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers, printed paper label on upper cover. [Boston: 1840].
Little, Brown, one of the greatest names in American publishing, started in 1837 as booksellers, specializing in “publishing, importing, and selling of books.” This is one of their earliest lists.
64 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (210 x 110 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (by LeWitt), staple-bound. [Paris: 1995].
An uncommon catalogue which describes 446 books by artists, including Baldessari, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Jean-Marc Bustamente, Ulises Carrion, Hanne Darboven, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Keith Haring, On Kawara, Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, LeWitt, Richard Long, George Maciunas, Pistoletto, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Herman de Vries, Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Wool, etc. The catalogue ends with a selection of Loewy’s own publications. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided, and for some there is a concise description of the content.
Fine copy, with an untitled artwork by Sol LeWitt executed in the summer of 1995 in Spoleto, Italy.
44 unnumbered pages. Small 8vo (210 x 140 mm.), green printed wrappers, staple-bound. [Amsterdam: 1975].
The extremely rare first catalogue issued by Ulises Carrión’s Other Books and So, a bookshop in Amsterdam dedicated to artists’ publications. Distributed shortly after the shop’s founding, this catalogue was printed on a Gestetner and lists several hundred [from the upper wrapper]: “other books / non books / anti books / pseudo books / quasi books / concrete books / conceptual books / structural books / project books / plain books / multiples / posters / postcards / records / cassettes.” It offers for sale books and bookworks by...
152 pp. 8vo, orig. pink printed wrappers bound in attractive modern marbled wrappers. [From the upper wrapper]: “Perthes & Besser Buchhandlung Hamburg 1816.”
Following a nine-year apprenticeship, Friedrich Christoph Perthes (1772-1843), established his own book business in 1796. Two years later, he entered into a partnership with his brother-in-law, Johann Heinrich Besser (1775-1826). They soon became one of the leading publishing and bookselling firms of northern Germany. During the Napoleonic period, Perthes experienced many difficulties caused by his public resistance to French influences and was forced to leave Hamburg.
This remarkable priced catalogue lists about 3000 books published in Britain and France from 1812...
[By Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick]. 12 pp. 4to, orig. self-wrappers (a little dusty), stitched as issued. London: Privately Printed by J. Davy & Sons, Dryden Press, 1886.
First edition, privately printed, of this rare catalogue listing the publications which had proved so difficult to market in the great collector's own lifetime. Fenwick occasionally gives the number of copies printed and other bibliographical details. 124 items are listed. Fine copy.
Engraved frontis. port., one folding facsimile, & 5 engraved plates. Six vols. 8vo, cont. boards (some rubbing & wear, occasional & mostly marginal dampstaining), uncut. Venice: L. Basilius, 1787.
One of the most important Italian private library catalogues. Vols. 1-3 consist of the classical and oriental books (7953 titles) and Vols. 4 and 5 describe the Italian literature, MSS., incunabula, French, English, and Spanish books, books on vellum, medals, etc. (4610 titles and items). The final volume comprises the very useful indexes. Morelli, the compiler, was librarian of the Marciana.
"This catalogue is one of the best ever executed, not only from the value and number of the curious...