MÉRARD DE SAINT-JUST, Simon-Pierre (1749-1812) – Catalogue des livres en très petit nombre qui composent la bibliothèque de M. Mérard de S. Just. Paris: Imprimerie de [François-Ambroise] Didot l'Ainé, 1783. 12° (133 x 75mm). With three leaves of notices issued by Didot bound-in at end. Full polished calf by Derome, flat spine in compartments with a gilt scallop pattern, black morocco label, sides with gilt triple fillet border, gilt turn-ins and edges (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: unidentified oval book label with a cipher incorporating R L and C and the motto ‘vita sine litteris mors est’.
ONE OF 25 COPIES ONLY. The catalogue of the small but choice collection of Mérard de Saint-Just, at one time in the service of the Comte de Provence, the future Louix XVIII, and afterwards the Comte d'Artois, later Charles X. Finely printed by Didot in his new types on Annonay paper, this is the first catalogue in which the binders of the books, when known, are mentioned; the cost price of every book is also given. In his concluding remarks Mérard sets out his main interests, foremost among them fine bindings, listing eight binders whose works he had acquired or himself commissioned: Padeloup, Laferti, Derome le Jeune, Chamean, Chaumont, Roger Payne and Baumgarten; he enumerates sixteen sales at which he acquired books, including those of the Pompadour, Boze, Gaignat, Gouttard, and ‘Mylord Keri’ (i.e. Ker, Duke of Roxburghe) collections.