WITH THE INDEX
Catalogue des livres de la bibliotheque de feu M. Le Blanc, secretaire d’étatParis, Gabriel Martin, 1729
8vo, pp. xvi, 310, (xl). Roman letter, some Italic. Engraved device of the secrétaire d’état de guerre on t.p., borders, head and tailpieces, decorative initials, comprehensively priced in contemporary hand. Light age yellowing. A good copy of this important sale catalogue in contemporary speckled calf, spine tooled and gilt, red morocco lettering piece, gilt, extremities rubbed, original satin page marker; head of spine chipped, joints rubbed. Armorial bookplate and pencilled initials of celebrated bibliographer Anthony Hobson on ffep, ‘collated perfect B. Quaritch’ inside rear cover.
Gabriel Martin (1679-1761) was a Parisian printer, ‘qui, le premier en France, après Prosper Marchand, se livra avec succès à la rédaction des catalogues de livres à vendre, et sut la porter à un degré de perfection difficile à surpasser.’ He produced nearly 150 such catalogues, of which 22 included comprehensive indexes; this is one of the rarer of them. Each subject heading is comprehensively subdivided, and the catalogue is supplemented by a lengthy author index of nearly 40 pages which is often missing. The collection catalogued here belonged to Claude Le Blanc (1669-1728), twice Secretary of State for War, and is particularly strong in historiographical works, although a separately compiled catalogue of MSS and Appendix which follow the main catalogue indicate a number of rare gems such as a number of illustrated medieval MSS on vellum and a Decameron 1527. The catalogue comprises 3328 lots, which were to be sold starting on 7 March 1729 in Paris.Brunet III, 1497; Peignot 81