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BIBLIOTHEQUE GENERALE DES AUTEURS DE FRANCE. LIVRE PREMIER, CONTENANT LA BIBLIOTHEQUE CHARTRAINE
Paris: Jean Michel Garnier, 1719. contemporary calf full leather with six raised bands and decorative gilt work on spine, all edged multi-color speckled. Large 8vo. contemporary calf full leather with six raised bands and decorative gilt work on spine, all edged multi-color speckled. xxxvi, 364, (4) pages. Dom Jean Liron (who died in 1749) was a Benedictine monk of the Congregation of St. Maur. His work is placed exactly between the Bibliothèque Françoise by François de La Croix and Antoine Du Verdier (both published in 1585), and L'Histoire littéraire de la France that was to be published from 1733 to 1736. Initially Liron wanted to write a "Bibliothèque générale des auteurs de France." However, understanding that it would be impossible for a single person to complete this, he decided instead to write a series of "bibliothèques regionales" and started with the Diocèse of Chartres. The next volume, "Bibliothèque d'Anjou," was only published long after his death in 1897. After the general introduction, Liron explains in detail his method of working. This section ends with a catalogue of works which he used for writing this work, thus shedding light on what bibliography was like in the beginning of the 18th century. Each entry is both biographical and bibliographical. The entries are chronologically ordered and often Liron mentions sources that only exist in manuscript in the first entires. Liron deserves an eminent place in the history of bibliography but is lacking in Besterman (Les Débuts de la Bibliographie Méthodique) and in Malclès (La Bibliography). However, he is cited in Besterman's A World of Bibliography (1230), and in Peignot's Répertoire Bibliographique Universel, p. 327. Copy belonged to the printer and noted bibliophile Jean Baptiste Verdussen (1698-1773) of Anvers (B. Linning, Bibliothèques et Ex-libris d'amateurs belges, Paris 1906, pp.35-37.) His ex-libris of two swans with the moto "Pietas homini tutissima virtus" is pasted in the front and back of the book. A handwritten inscription is included across from title page. Excellent condition. With the small private booklabel of H.P.K. (Kraus) affixed to the front pastedown.
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