Paris, [C. Osmont for] G. Martin 1729.
8vo. xvi, [2p. manuscript, see below], 310, p. Le Blanc‘s woodcut arms on the title.
Contemporary reversed blue calf (faded, joints neatly repaired), recent gilt-lettered red morocco labels, edges marbled blue.
PRICED THROUGHOUT IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND. In addition to fine French history, voyages and copies in morocco, these 3,328 lots include the 1535 Olivetan Bible, 1598 de Bry, Galileo’s Istoria and Discorsi…. On Le Blanc’s decease, Martin secured the library and offered the books (unsuccessfully) at fixed prices. He then put them up at auction. The catalog, divided by subject, has manuscripts at the end followed by an author index. An inserted contemporary hand-written list, apparently unique, records Martin’s pre-auction private treaty sale of three dozen lots along with their prices. In good condition (one outer margin anciently strengthened).
¶Bogeng, Die grossen Bibliophilen III: 54; North, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions 29 (lacking text and index); not in Blogie.