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Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliotheque de feu François-César Le Tellier, Marquis de Courtanvaux, Capitaine-Colonel des Cent-Suisses, dont la Vente se fera...le Lundi quatre Mars, et jours suivans…
Woodcut arms on title. xvi, 434 pp.; 24 pp. of "Prix." 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Nyon, 1782. The Courtanvaux library was one of the largest collection of voyages ever formed. It was begun by Courtanvaux's son, Charles-François-César, marquis de Montmirail (1734-1764), who envisioned a collection of sufficient strength to aid him in his plan to prepare an annotated bibliography of all known voyages. Following Montmirail's untimely death, his father continued to add considerably to the collection, building strengths in natural history and the arts and sciences, in addition to travel literature. Courtanvaux (1718-81), a member of the Académie des Sciences, was an amateur scientist interested in chemistry, geography, natural history, astronomy, physics, and mechanics. A man of considerable wealth, he sponsored the voyage made in 1767 by Pingré and Messier during which Pierre Le Roy's marine chronometers were tested. Fine copy. 3599 lots and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. With the half-title, the author/subject index of 81 pages, and the rare 24-page price-list. ❧ Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions…1643-1830, 295. Peignot, p. 92-"Ce catalogue est précieux par la collection de voyages qui s'y trouve.".
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