London, South Kensington
9 June 2015
FALCONET, Camile (1671-1762) – Catalogue de la bibliothèque de feu M. Falconet. Paris: Jacques-Marie Barrois, 1763. 2 volumes, 8° (197 x 124 mm). Woodcut devices on titles. (Light spotting and browning.) Contemporary speckled calf, gilt spines, red and olive spine labels, red edges (extremities rubbed with short splits to joints). Provenance: PRICED THROUGHOUT IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND.
Falconet's library was particularly strong in medicine and natural history and included manuscripts, maps, and prints. Falconet came from a long line of physicians; he was consulted during the illness of Louis XIV and became 'médecin consultant' to Louis XV. Nearly 11,000 volumes included in this catalogue, their lot numbers and descriptions bracketed, were given to the Bibliothèque du Roi by Falconet, only reserving their use during his lifetime. Cushing F20; North 169; Taylor, p. 132, 240-241; not in Blogie.
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