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Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliotheque de feu Messire Bernard Couet, Chanoine de Notre-Dame, Grand Vicaire de M. l'Archevéque de Paris, & Abbé de Fontmorigni. Dont la vente se fera en détail, le Lundi 14. Janvier 1737. & jours suivans…
3 p.l., viii, 294 pp., [26] leaves. Small 8vo, cont. mottled calf (well-rebacked with the orig. spine laid-down), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: J. Barois, 1737. The very uncommon sale catalogue of the library of Couet (1669-1736), canon of Notre Dame cathedral. He knew Latin, Greek, and Hebrew and formed a library particularly rich in history and belles-lettres. 3454 lots, priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Apart from being the sale catalogue of a distinguished collection, it has, to the best of my knowledge, the additional distinction of being the only one whose owner was assassinated. Abbé Couet (1666-1736), Vicar General to Cardinal Noailles, Archbishop of Paris, was, like his master, involved in the labyrinthine controversies concerning Jansenism and the famous Bull "Unigenitus Dei Filius." Accused of having persuaded the Cardinal of abandoning orthodox Jansenism, he was murdered in the courtyard of the Archbishopric by a hatter named Lefebvre, who was, of course, broken on the wheel alive. "Couet avait une bibliothèque importante, de 3,454 numéros, qui fut mise en vente après sa mort. Il a été mis en scène par Voltaire dans le 'Diner du comte de Boulainvilliers'."-D.B.F. Very nice copy. ❧ Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Books Auctions…1643-1830, 40. Peignot, p. 91.
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