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Catalogue des Livres précieux, singuliers - AUCTION CATALOGUES: [MÉON, Dominiq - 1803. [1274173]
dont la vente se fera…le 15 Novembre 1803…et jours suivans… xxiv, 522, one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. sheep-backed blue paste-paper boards, flat spine gilt, red leather lettering pieces on spine. Paris, Bleuet jeune, 1803. [bound with]:([DOSNIER & VAUVILLIERS, Jean-François de]). Catalogue des Livres curieux, singuliers et rares provenant des Bibliotheques de Mm. D*** et de V***. Dont la Vente se fera le 4 germinal, (25 mars) et jours suivans. xiv, 254 pp., one leaf of Supplement. 8vo. Paris: Bluet, 1805. Two uncommon auction catalogues of libraries. I. Méon (1748-1829), though employed in the War Ministry, was a scholar specializing in early French literature. He had taken advantage of the disorder of the French Revolution to buy quantities of valuable books cheaply. But by 1799, he was destitute and obliged to send his precious collection to auction. According to the sales notice, the collection was second only to the duc de la Vallière's library in variety, choice of copies, and excellence of early editions. The sale catalogue describes many early French romances and plays, belles-lettres, and historical writings. His bibliographical knowledge later earned him a position at the Bibliothèque Impériale, which ultimately dismissed him for poor librarianship. But in 1826, the library, now "Royale," reappointed him, eventually granting him a pension. Méon was the editor of several important texts, including the Le Roman du Renard (1825). This copy is unusual as it has been priced throughout with the buyers' names. The most interesting of the buyers is Napoleon, who purchased many of the most expensive lots dealing with French history. This copy has the errata leaf but lacks, as is often the case, the four-page schedule. 4166 lots. II. According to Peignot (who was in a position to know first-hand), the collectors were Dosnier and Jean François de Vauvilliers (1737-1801), the French Hellenist. Also, the Grolier Club and BnF copies both bear contemporary notes attributing ownership to Dosnier and de Vauvilliers. However, in this copy, there is a contemporary note on the title stating that "V***" was Charles-Gilbert, Vicomte de Morel de Vindé. These were two fine libraries, particularly rich in history, medicine, and science. Priced throughout in a contemporary hand. 2455 lots. This is the first issue of the catalogue; the later issue has the date of 27 germinal (17 April). ? I. Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 493. Brunet, III, 1639. Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions…1643-1830, 446. N.B.G., 34, 1020-21. Peignot, p. 113-"Catalogue curieux pour les livres bizarres et singuliers." II. Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions…1643-1830, 455. Peignot, p. 96.
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