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Bibliotheca Coisliniana, olim Segueriana; sive Manuscriptorum Omnium Graecorum
…accedunt Anecdota bene multa ex eadem Bibliotheca desumta cum Interpretationes Latina, studio & opera D. Bernardi de Montfaucon… 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 Séguier (1588-1682), the celebrated Chancellor of France and Coislin's grandfather. "The manuscripts were given to the abbey of St. Germain des Prés in 1731. Part of them were burned in 1793 and the remainder is now in the Bibliothèque 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 précieux; le nombre des manuscrits dont le rédacteur donne la description, est d'environ 400. Plusieurs avoient été tirés des monastères syriens, situés sur le mont Athos. Chaque manuscrit est bien décrit; on en détermine l'état, et par conjecture dans quel temps il a paru.".
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