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9 June 2015
BONNIER D'ALCO, Ange-Elisabeth-Louis-Antoine (1750-1799) – Catalogue des livres rares, singuliers et très-bien conditionés de feu le C. Bonnier. Paris: Stoupe for Guillaume Debure, An VIII (1800). 8° (197 x 123 mm). Contemporary French red straight-grained morocco gilt, covers with gilt frames composed of a diamond-and-chain roll between two gilt fillets, flat spine in six compartments, the second bearing the title, in the others a large sunburst, inner gilt lozenge-and-oval roll depicting emblems ‘de la Paix et des Arts’, gilt edges. Provenance: Anatole Basseville (bookplate).
Sale catalogue of the library of Bonnier d'Alco, an important figure in the French Revolution who was assassinated by Austrian troops while head of the French delegation at the Congress of Rastatt, a crime against international law, according to Hoefer, but perhaps committed by bandits hired by emigrés. Dibdin, Bibliomania, 1811, p. 100; North 401; Blogie II, col. 22.
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