Paris, [F. Didot for] G.-F. Debure 1757.
8vo. [vi], lv, [i], 241p.
Contemporary gilt-ruled polished calf (worn, joints cracked), flat spine gilt with flowers, diamonds and encircled stars, gilt-lettered label, edges sprinkled blue and red, ruled in red.
This catalog documents Girardot de Préfond’s first collection — one of the most celebrated of the 18th century. La Vallière bought extensively at this sale. The compiler, Debure, uses his introductory remarks to puff eighty-four lots and to discuss bibliography, emerging trends in collecting, the chronologic priority of unsigned undated editions, concern over the correct number of preliminary leaves, demand for great rarities and the rising interest in salacious passages. Immediately after this sale, Girardot de Préfond began a second collection, sold en bloc a dozen years later to MacCarthy-Reagh. Internally fresh (occasional spots), neatly priced in contemporary manuscript, bookplate removed from the front pastedown.
¶North, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions 135; Blogie, Répertoire des catalogues de ventes de livres II: 8; Peignot, Répertoire bibliographique universel 100 “très estimé”.