Catalogue Des Livres. François-Hyacinthe DELAN.
PRICED IN CONTEMPORARY MANUSCRIPT

Catalogue Des Livres.

Paris, [F. Didot for] L.-F Barrois 1755.

8vo. [ii], vi, 293 [r. 392]p.

Contemporary mottled calf (worn, hinges cracked), spine and morocco label gilt, red edges, green silk marker.

Formed by the Rouen Academy librarian, canon, Sorbonne professor and Jansenist, Delan’s was likely the largest private library of religion and theology built in France in the 18th century. Well more than half of the 6700 lots were Bibles, commentaries, concordances, liturgies, devotionals, council decrees, Church Fathers, books on cults and superstition, THE MORALITY OF GAMES AND THEATERGOING, usury, mysticism, heresy, language aids for biblical study and canon law. History, science, literature and private and public library catalogs made up the balance. His Compultensian Polyglot in citron morocco made 420 livres, but the 70 lots — sold together — of Parisian clergy manuscript and printed Procès-Verbaux from 1560 to 1739 were the real prize at 2396 livres. Internally fresh (scattered spots).
¶North, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions 118; Peignot, Répertoire bibliographique universel 94; Lugt, Répertoire des catalogues des ventes 860.

Item #10922

Price: $1,850.00