GIRARDOT DE PREFOND, Paul (d. c. 1800) – Guillaume-François DE BURE (1731-1782). Catalogue des livres du cabinet de Mr. G... D... P... Paris: Didot for Guillaume-François De Bure, 25 April-9 May 1757. 4° (194 x 120mm). (Some dampstaining, small loss in margin of f3, occasional light spotting.) Near contemporary green vellum, red morocco spine label (joints starting at the head, corners rubbed, sides lightly scuffed). Provenance: priced throughout in an early hand; consignor identified in manuscript on title and half-title – [Desmars, Curé de] Brion (manuscript inscription) – unidentified bookplate with a cipher incorporating P and V.
‘ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED BOOK COLLECTIONS OF THE 18TH CENTURY’ (Escoffier), priced and annotated in a contemporary hand. On his retirement from his work as a timber merchant, Girardot became depressed. His doctor, Hyacinthe Baron, himself an important collector, advised him to cure his melancholia by forming a library. De Bure's well-executed, and finely printed, catalogue reveals the fruits of Girardot's labours. According to Guigard, many of the books were bound by Padeloup. One of the principal buyers was the Duc de La Vallière. Soon after having sold his collection, Girardot embarked upon forming a second, even finer one, which in 1769 he sold for 50,000 frs to Count Mac-Carthy. The last page of the catalogue offers ‘Machines de Physique’: globes and pictures. Blogie II, col. 8; G. Brunet 464 (‘collection formée avec beaucoup de goût’); Graesse II, p.70; North 135; Peignot, p.100; Pollard & Ehrman 287; Taylor, p.256.