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Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliotheque de la Maison professe des ci-devant soi-disans Jesuites
xx (i.e. xxiv), 448, 59 pp. 8vo, cont. mottled sheep (head of spine & corners a little worn, minor rubbing), spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, arms in gilt on each cover of Guillaume-Gabriel Pavée de Vendeuvre (see below). Paris: Pissot & Gogue, 1763. An important sale catalogue of the library of the Maison Professe des Jesuites of Paris, founded in 1580. This library was comprised of many donations, the most notable being that of Pierre Daniel Huet (1630-1721), bishop of Avranches and scholar. Huet, whose scholarship was very well-known, made considerable scientific researches as well as classical studies; he edited the famous Delphin series of the Latin classics in about sixty volumes. Huet formed a great library of books and MSS. which he donated to this Jesuit house upon his death. When the Jesuits were expelled from France in 1762, the entire library of the house was offered for sale by auction. However, Huet's books were withdrawn before the sale due to the terms of his donation and were given by his heir to the Royal Library in 1765. This was one of the best and most complete Jesuit libraries in France. It numbered 30,000 volumes in 1754 (this sale catalogue has 7252 lots). It must be noted that this catalogue gives us the best idea of the contents of Huet's great collection. Very good copy. It lacks one of the two unnumbered pages following the preliminary leaves and the final six leaves, which are not present in most copies, listing the withdrawn books. However, bound-in at the end is the 8-page schedule of the sale of the Louis-le-Grand library, sold in the following year (I haven't seen this before). Guillaume-Gabriel Pavée de Vendeuvre (1779-1870), a native of Troyes, served as deputy in the French National Assembly for many years. ❧ Blogie col. 9. Franklin, Les Anciennes Bibliothèques de Paris, pp. 269-77-"une collection très-complète et très-bien choisie." Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions...1643-1830, 181. Peignot, p. 106. Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 64. .
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