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Decorative leather. 8vo. XXXIX, , 621,  pages. 20 cm. First edition. "Supplement to the Instructive Bibliography…" Supplements to the compiler's seven-volume work, issued between 1763 and 1768. With woodcut title vignette, head- and tailpieces. Bound in leather over boards, with decorative gilt to outer edges. Volume lists 2591 titles catalogued under four major section headings; Theology, Jurisprudence, Science and Arts, and Belles Lettres. The theology section lists a few Hebrew works. Guillaume Francois de Bure (1731-1782) was a distinguished bibliographer of his time; he "opened a new path for bibliographers by reducing to a system what had before been left merely to tact, in his Bibliographie instructive, ou traité de la connoissance des livres rares et singuliers (Paris, 1763-68, seven vols. ) Lemercier and others attacked the work severely; yet it must be considered of much value (See Ebert’s Bibliographisches Lexicon, vol. I. P. 452.) Among his other works is to be mentioned Supplement a la Bibliographie instructive, ou Catalogue de livres du cabinet de feu M. Louis Jean Gaignat (Paris, 1769, two vols. ) " (Page 754; The popular encyclopedia; or, 'Conversations Lexicon': ed. By A. Whitelaw from the Encyclopedia Americana) . A Bibliography of the library of Louis Jean Gaignat, "an official at the Palace of Justice in Paris, was one of the greatest bibliophiles of eighteenth century France. Charles Isaac Elton, in The Great Book Collectors, wrote ‘When Gaignat died in 1768 his collection was regarded as perfect; it was said that 'no one in the commonwealth of letters had ever brought together such a rich and admirable assembly'. After the death of his second wife in 1751 and his only daughter, Louis Jean Gaignat left his house in rue Saint Nicaise in the Louvre to live in the old hôtel de la Ferté now number 12 Rue Richelieu. His collection of paintings, famous library, rich furniture and decorative art were displayed there. In this illustrious place decorated with paintings by Mignard, the collection grew in prestige. In 1757 in his ‘Voyage pittoresque de Paris’ Dezallier d'Argenville described copiously the pieces in five pages. In this sought-after collection were four sculptures in bronze by Desjardins which are today in the Royal Collection. At the time of his death on the 11th April 1768, Gaignat was living in an apartment on the second floor of the Hôtel while his collection was located on the first floor. " (Sotheby’s Catalogue: Treasures, Princely Taste; London, 06 Jul 2011) Subjects: Best books. Rare books. Classification - Books. Bibliography. Leather worn and rubbed, gilt faded. Spine split. Light marks in margins; otherwise internally very fresh and clean. Good condition. (BIBLIOG-29-47). N° de réf. du libraire
Titre : SUPPLEMENT A LA BIBLIOGRAPHIE INSTRUCTIVE, ...
Éditeur : Paris; Chez Guilluame François De Bure Le Jeune, Libraire, Quai Des Augustins
Date d'édition : 1769
Reliure : Hardcover
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