De Bene Disponenda Bibliotheca…Opusculum. Francisco de ARAOZ.
De Bene Disponenda Bibliotheca…Opusculum.

De Bene Disponenda Bibliotheca…Opusculum.

Madrid, F. Martínez 1631.

8vo. [i], engr., [xxii], 57, [11] leaves. Title and text in rule frames, allegorical engraving of Wisdom by Jean de Courbes.

19th-century green calf-backed marbled boards (worn), edges sprinkled red and blue.

First Edition. Based on the arrangement of his own library, Araoz proposes this division of the printed world of learning into fifteen categories to benefit the reader. Dictionaries, spellers and grammars come first then broad subject surveys of all fields. Rhetoric and eloquence, history, dramatic comedy and secular poetry, are the next three categories followed by the quadrivium. The seventh section includes science, medicine, agronomy and gastronomy, metallurgy and precious stones. Moral philosophy, emblems, fables, symbology and proverbs form a class, as do the practical undertakings of politics and civil law. The remaining sections are of a piece — canon law, scholastic theology, scripture (and its commentaries), ecclesiastical history, Church Fathers and doctrine, and, lastly, sacred verse, devotionals and liturgical works. IN EVERY DIVISION ARAOZ CITES REPRESENTATIVE AUTHORS: THIS IS A BEST BOOKS BIBLIOGRAPHY with a strongly Spanish slant.
             He dedicated the treatise to author, royal counselor and book collector Lorenzo Ramírez de Prado (1583-1658), who built an 8,000 volume library (several recent studies on his collecting have appeared).
            The present example has both the cancellandum and the cancellans for bifolium G1.8 (leaves 49 and 56). A corrected state of the text has not been previously noted. From the libraries of François-Xavier Borluut de Noortdonck (1771-1837), Bruges book and coin collector Anselme vanden Bogaerde (1776-1866) and of J.C. Capron (late 19th-century).
¶Petzholdt, Bibliotheca bibliographica 23-4; Samurin, Geschichte der bibliothekarisch-bibliographischen Klassifikation I: 342; Besterman, World Bibliography of Bibliographies 808; Palau 15056 “Obra rara y estimada”; Brunet I: 375 “rare”; Borluut de Noortdonck, Catalogue 5035 “rare”.

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