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Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux de la Bibliotheque de M. ["Renouard" supplied in a cont. hand]. Dont la vente se fera par M. Sylvestre…le lundi 28 brumaire an XIII (19 novembre 1804)…
viii, 215 pp., one leaf of ads of Renouard as publisher. 8vo, cont. half-calf & paste-paper boards (corners a little worn, minor foxing & browning), flat spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine, uncut. Paris: A.A. Renouard, 1804. The first sale of books from the private library of Renouard (1765-1853), the renowned French bibliographer and bookseller. This auction of 1808 lots represents a relatively small but choice selection of rare books, "all in a perfect state of preservation" (as we learn from the "Avertissement"), many of which were bound by Derome, Bradel, and Bozerian; there were numerous Bodoni and Didot imprints on large and fine paper. The sale realized 48,818 frs. Renouard later explained the reason for this sale: "Il est bien difficile de former une bibliothèque sans avoir de temps en temps à en écarter plus ou moins de volumes…En 1804 je fis une vente d'une partie de ma bibliothèque, parce que vraiment j'avais trop de livres et surtout de certains grands ouvrages dont je finissais par me soucier très-peu."-Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 522. Nice copy, priced throughout in a contemporary hand. This is the first time I have had this catalogue. ❧ Peignot, p. 121.
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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