Item #11648 Catalogue Des Livres. Pierre-Jospeh Buc’hoz.
Catalogue Des Livres.
Catalogue Des Livres.
Catalogue Des Livres.
Catalogue Des Livres.
Catalogue Des Livres.
Catalogue Des Livres.

Catalogue Des Livres.

Paris, [P. Didot for] G. II Debure 1778.

8vo (200 x 124 mm.). xvi, 212p.

Contemporary mottled sheep backed patterned boards (abraded), vellum tips, gilt-ruled spine, gilt-lettered morocco label (crown discretely repaired), later spine shelf label, red edges.

With: Pluquet, François-André-Adrien, abbé.
            Catalogue Des Livres.  Paris, for L.-F. and Ch.-J. Barrois l’aîné and le jeune [1791]. 8vo. [iv] 100p.

With: ?Philipp, of Marseilles.
            Catalogue Des Livres Du Cabinet De M***.  Paris, [Cl. Simon for] Marie-Éléonore Tilliard (née Pouget, widow of N.-M. Tilliard) and her son N.-N.-H. Tilliard 1792. 8vo. [ii], 3, [1 blank], [2], 126, [2 blank]p.

With: Barbier, Antoine-Alexandre.
            Notice Du Catalogue Raisonné Des Livres De La Bibliothéque De L’Abbé Goujet.  [Paris], s.n. [1803]. 8vo. 38, [2 blank]p.

With: Parent, l’aîné.
            Essai Sur La Bibliographie, Et Sur Les Talens Du Bibliothécaire.  Paris, [J. Brajeux at the] Imprimerie-librairie chrétienne for the Author An IX =  [1801]. 8vo. 54, [2 blank]p.

Ad I-V: Five 18th-century books about libraries; from the collection of the 18th-century Beauvais jurist Alexandre Le Mareschal (bookplate).
             Ad I: Mostly priced in contemporary manuscript. With nearly half of the library dedicated to natural history — Wunderkammer, teratology, conchology, ornithology, mycology, mineralogy, balneology, paleontology, botany, entomology, ichthyology, herpetology — this is undoubtedly the largest private library in the field offered to date. The Malabar coast Florae (1686-1696-1769) brought the most at 1,000 livres, while Hill’s 26-volume Vegetable System made 900. The library was also strong in medicine, surgery, anatomy and pharmacy, with some literature and history.
            Selling to pay his debts, Buc’hoz hoped to find a single buyer, who, after purchasing the library en bloc, would offer it back to the collector when he had righted his finances. Buc’hoz gives until 15 January 1779 for this purchase, after which Debure would sell the books. Books Buc’hoz bought after the original numeration required the inclusion of a supplement (pp. 181-92).
             The binder carefully preserved two marginal notes by folding in tabs before trimming the edges; one paper flaw (no loss).
¶Bridson & Jackson, Naturalists’ Libraries 32 Buc’hoza; North, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions 273; Peignot, Répertoire bibliographique universel 86.

             Ad II: Philosopher, professor, translator, book censor and cleric, Pluquet tutored the younger brother of the famous duc de Choiseul; this earned the scholar a large annual pension, freeing him to dedicate his time to studying, writing and collecting. He died suddenly leaving over 2700 titles in his library — mainly history, science, arts and literature. He left five hundred books to his nephew and six hundred to one of Debure’s sons. The remaining 1600 sold here, where his sets of Gronovius’, Graevius’ and Sallengre’s Thesauri of antiquity (1697-94-1716) together made 500 livres, as did his *Encyclopédie*. This copy’s annotator noted prices, combined lots and defective books. A single leaf (Feuille de distribution) separately printed containing the order of sale was never bound in. One copy in U.S. collections.
¶Vander Elst, “Les Catalogues de collections particulières” in Le Livre et l’estampe 2 (1955) 59.

            Ad III: Second Recorded Copy, priced in contemporary manuscript — a fine library of some 1600 titles, including an illuminated 14th-century liturgical calendar bound in green velvet, the 1719 Recueil des plantes presented by the king to the marquis de Marigny, Buffon’s Birds in contemporary color, Barbou’s Latin authors complete in 68 vols. on large paper bound by Derôme le jeune…. The prize was Vindelinus de Spira’s 1470 edition of Virgil’s Operaprinted on vellum in citron morocco — a whopping 3,505 livres! The anonymous bibliophile bought with discrimination at the sales of de Hoym, Gouttard and MacCarthy-Reagh. The annotator noted combined lots and for how much returned lots made when resold. Cambridge University, home of the only other copy I could locate, identifies the owner as “Philipp, of Marseilles”.

            Ad IV: Only Separate Edition of this study of the six-volume manuscript library catalog of literary historian Claude-Pierre Goujet (1697-1767). Barbier bought the catalog in 1802 at the sale of the duc de Béthune-Charost and declared, “ce catalogue est un précieux monument d’histoire littéraire et du bibliographie”. Heber bought it at the 1828 Barbier sale. The Notice also appeared in the Magasin encyclopédique.
¶Cioranescu 31701; Quérard, La France littéraire 1: 179; Monglond, La France révolutionnaire V: 1161; Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes I: xxiii, xxx & xl.

            Ad V: First Edition. The Essay on Bibliography is part history, part library classification scheme, part job description — and entirely idiosyncratic. The otherwise unknown author details his fourteen epochs of bibliography and library history — from Homer to Napoleon with, i.a., Alexander the Great, Omar I, Charlemagne, Gutenberg and Voltaire (twice) in between. He then presents a thirteen-division library organization scheme tracing the growth of civilization, beginning with Agriculture and Hunting, then Language and Grammar, then the Mechanical Arts…. Literature has 14 epochs, and he excludes Religion (neither science nor practical knowledge). Finally he offers his inspiring description of the  duties of a librarian: a “talking library…affable guide…useful colleague…enlightened friend…permanent counselor”, who supplements the collections with medals, antiquities, maps, realia, natural history specimens and government archives. Parent never realized his promised bibliographic history of all nations — “from American Quipu up to the immortal collection of the Encyclopédie”. The Essay was translated into English in 1914 and is sometimes attributed to the Oratorian bibliographer J.-F. Adry. 
¶Samurin, Geschichte der bibliothekarisch-bibliographischen Klassifikation I: 222-3; Petzholdt, Bibliotheca bibliographica 40; Monglond V: 609; Quérard 6: 593.

Item #11648

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