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Catalogue d'une Collection de Livres Choisis, provenans du Cabinet de M***
- xvi, [2], 171, 10, [2] pp. 8vo, mid-19th cent. morocco-backed marbled boards, uncut. Paris: De Bure, 1770. The very scarce and important sale catalogue of the library of the Louis Léon Félicité Brancas, duc de Lauraguais (1733-1824), member of the Académie des Sciences and the author of numerous scientific and historical treatises and pieces for the theater. He was forced to sell his library on account of his extravagant expenditure on scientific and theatrical ventures. Voltaire dedicated his comedy L'Ecossaise to the Duc. 780 lots in the main part of the catalogue, including many grand incunabula and important 16th-century books, and another 152 lots in the 10-page supplement. The final unpaginated leaf lists the "Effets précieux" to be sold after the books. With a very useful author index. Nice uncut copy, priced throughout in a contemporary hand. With a early note that this book was bound by "Senèga"(?) or "Lenèga"(?) in Paris in 1860. Bookplate of Georges Heilbrun, the great bookseller of Paris. ? Guigard, II, p. 91-"Savant, homme de lettres, poète et publiciste, le comte de Lauraguais ne put manquer de se créer une bibliothèque?Le mouvement prodigieux de sa vie et des dépenses exagérées l'obligèrent à se séparer de sa collection." Peignot, p. 108-"Remarquable par la quantité d'articles précieux qu'il renferme.". [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller Inc.]
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