Catalogue Des Livres. Joseph. d. c. 1776 LEMARIÉ.
Catalogue Des Livres
Catalogue Des Livres
Catalogue Des Livres
Catalogue Des Livres
“I WAS THE ONLY ONE TO SELL HIM BOOKS” — DEBURE

Catalogue Des Livres

Paris, G.-F. Debure 1776.

Tall 8vo (220 x 144 mm.). iii [r. viii], 191p.

Near contemporary gilt-ruled glazed tan calf (front hinge rubbed, corners slightly bumped), flat spine gilt, gilt-lettered red morocco label, all edges gilt.

This is the first pre-1800 large paper auction catalog I have had. THIS COPY IS PRICED IN CONTEMPORARY MANUSCRIPT. With Debure’s help, Lemarié formed “one of the most complete libraries of Greek and Latin literature…in perfect condition” (p. iii, tr.). But a browse through the catalog reveals an Enlightenment library also rich in history, geography, law, literature and travel. For instance, De Bry’s ten-volume Collectiones peregrinatiorum made the highest price (1700 livres). Other highlights include Meninski’s 1680 Turkish-Arabic-Persian diction-ary, Diderot’s Encyclopédie, the 1508 Aldine Greek Rhetoricians in red morocco and a complete set of Aldrovandi. Lemarié also had a nice clutch of English authors (Fielding, Locke, Jonson, Milton…) and English presses (Baskerville, Foulis, Tonson…). Debure provides an author index at the end.
     A good copy, tidied up for a near contemporary owner, who, preferring a clean page, had the marginal manu-script additions discretely washed (the prices and notes are legible with a UV light). Bookplate of Dr. Simon of Marseille (collection dispersed in 1974).
¶North, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions 247; Peignot, Répertoire bibliographique universel 109 “Very beautiful library; there are copies on large paper”; Brunet, Manuel du libraire I: xlv.

Item #11111

Price: $3,200.00