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BASAN (Pierre-François).
Catalogue raisonné des différens objets de curiosités dans les Sciences et les Arts, qui composoient le Cabinet de feu Mr Mariette Controleur général de la Grande Chancellerie de France, Honoraire Amateur de l'Académie Royale de Peinture, et de celle de Florence.
A Paris, Chez l'Auteur, et chez G. Desprez, 1775. 8vo. 1 leaf. (engraved title). Frontispiece. (1 blank). XVI. 418 pages. 4 plates (1 folding). Half shagreen, gilt spine with raised bands (bound around 1870, head of spine slightly scratched). First Edition. Important auction catalogue of the famous Mariette's collection. Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774), who was engraver, bookseller and art trader, turned out to be one of the greatest art collectors of his time. The catalogue was written by François Basan (1723-1797), friend and protégé of Mariette, who was also a publisher and art trader, known as one of the finest art connaisseurs of his time (cf. Larousse). More than 1500 items are described, including engravings, bronzes, paintings, drawings, medals, engraved stones, books, Chinese antiquities, etc. Finely printed, the work is illustrated with four plates and an allegorical frontispiece after Cochin, engraved by Choffard. Very good copy. Quérard, I, 204.
Bookseller: Llibreria Antiquària Comellas [Spain]
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