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DU VERDIER, Antoine (1544-1600). La Bibliothèque d'Antoine du Verdier, Seigneur de Vauprivas, Contenant le Catalogue de tous ceux qui ont ecrit, ou traduict en François, & auctres Dialectes de ce Royaume, ensemble leurs oeuvres imprimees & non imprimees, l'argument de la matiere y traictee, quelque bon propos, sentence, doctrine, phrase, proverbe, comparaison, ou autre chose notable tiree d'aucunes d'icelles oeuvres, le lieu, forme, nom, & datte, où, comment, & de qui elles ont esté mises en lumiere. Aussi y sont contenus les livres dont les autheurs sont incertains. -Supplementum epitomes bibliothecae Gesnerianae. Lyon: Barthelemy Honorat, 1585.

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DU VERDIER, Antoine (1544-1600). La Bibliothèque d'Antoine du Verdier, Seigneur de Vauprivas, Contenant le Catalogue de tous ceux qui ont ecrit, ou traduict en François, & auctres Dialectes de ce Royaume, ensemble leurs oeuvres imprimees & non imprimees, l'argument de la matiere y traictee, quelque bon propos, sentence, doctrine, phrase, proverbe, comparaison, ou autre chose notable tiree d'aucunes d'icelles oeuvres, le lieu, forme, nom, & datte, où, comment, & de qui elles ont esté mises en lumiere. Aussi y sont contenus les livres dont les autheurs sont incertains. -Supplementum epitomes bibliothecae Gesnerianae. Lyon: Barthelemy Honorat, 1585.

Two works in one, 2o (336 x 218 mm). First title printed in red and black. Section title for the Supplementum within woodcut border. Both titles with woodcut printer's device. (Title slightly soiled, some occasional pale browning and spotting, pale marginal dampstain towards end.) Eighteenth-century calf gilt (rebacked, rubbed). Provenance: John Carteret, second Baron Carteret and first Earl Granville (1690-1723, bookplate); E.P. Jacobsen (bookplate).

FIRST EDITION. "This, the second French national bibliography, was published within less than a year of the appearance of the first [François Grudé de la Croix du Maine, Premier Volume de la Bibliothèque du Sieur de la Croix-Du Maine, Paris, 1584]. Whether Du Verdier had got wind of Grudé's undertaking and tried to imitate it or whether each had conceived such a plan independently is unknown. However, both their works were considered complementary to such an extent that even after almost two hundred years they were combined in a single edition, much enlarged and corrected by Rigoley de Juvigny (Paris, 1772-1773, 6 vols.) Du Verdier also published a short supplement to Gesner which is often found bound with this work [as here]" (Breslauer & Folter 30). Besterman II, 2346 (Bibliothèque) and I, 804 (Supplement).
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