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Bibliotheca Coisliniana, olim Segueriana - (COISLIN, Charles du Cambout, Duc de) - 1715. 
â€¦accedunt Anecdota bene multa ex eadem Bibliotheca desumta cum Interpretationes Latina, studio & opera D. Bernardi de Montfauconâ€¦ Five engraved plates, two finely engraved headpieces, & several engravings in the text (some full-page). 12 p.l., 810 pp. (plus leaf 610*). Folio, cont. vellum over boards (one lower corner rounded), red leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: Guerin & Robustel, 1715. First edition of this monumental catalogue, compiled by Montfaucon, the eminent historian and founder of Greek paleography, of the magnificent collection of Greek MSS. owned by Coislin (1664-1732), French prelate. This has become a very scarce book. Most of the manuscripts come from the library of Pierre SÃ©guier (1588-1682), the celebrated Chancellor of France and Coislin's grandfather. "The manuscripts were given to the abbey of St. Germain des PrÃ©s in 1731. Part of them were burned in 1793 and the remainder is now in the BibliothÃ¨que Nationale."-Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 237. Thus, this catalogue is the best record we have of these wonderful MSS. Montfaucon's catalogue is considered to be an extraordinary piece of scholarship. The plates and text illustrations are facsimile reproductions of several of the manuscripts. Very nice copy. Stamp on free front endpaper of the "Kapuziner-Bibliothek Sarnen." ? Peignot, pp. 89-90-"Catalogue prÃ©cieux; le nombre des manuscrits dont le rÃ©dacteur donne la description, est d'environ 400. Plusieurs avoient Ã©tÃ© tirÃ©s des monastÃ¨res syriens, situÃ©s sur le mont Athos. Chaque manuscrit est bien dÃ©crit; on en dÃ©termine l'Ã©tat, et par conjecture dans quel temps il a paru.".
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