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Notice des Livres prÃ©cieux du Citoyen BozÃ©rian - (AUCTION CATALOGUE: BOZÃRIAN - 1798. 
dont la Vente se fera le 21 pluviose an 6 (9 FÃ©vrier 1798 v. st.) et jours suivantsâ¦ iv, 50 pp. 8vo, attractive antique mottled half-calf & grey boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Didot le jeune, BozÃ©rian, & Lejeune, 1798. The very rare first sale of BozÃ©rian's books. Many of the books offered here were bound by BozÃ©rian during his leisure time for his own library. Culot states that BozÃ©rian was obliged to sell these books in order to raise funds to purchase a workshop. BozÃ©rian (1762-1840), called the Elder to distinguish him from his younger brother FranÃ§ois (active 1805-1820), was one of the foremost and innovative binders of his time who also successfully engaged in bookselling and publishing. Over the years, he sold books at auction four times: 1798, 1807, 1811 (in order to retire in comfort) and 1834. There was a fifth, posthumous, sale in 1846. 513 lots and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Fine copy. Without the 4-page schedule of sale at end. ? Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 424-"le catalogue est imprimÃ© avec les beaux caractÃ¨res de Didot. La vente produisit 26,000 francs." Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions...1643-1830, 378. Horne, p. 696-"curious, both on account of the selection of the editions described, as well as the beautiful execution of the bindings." Peignot, p. 84. Pollard & Ehrman, no. 301.
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