NAUDÉ, Gabriel (1600-1653). Advis pour dresser une bibliothèque. Présenté à Monseigneur le Président de Mesme. Paris: Rolet le Duc, 1644. [Bound with:] JACOB, Louis (1608-1670). Traicté des plus belles bibliothèques publiques et particulières. Paris: Rolet le Duc, 1644. 2 works in 3 parts in one volume, 4° (174 x 105mm). Naudé bound with an unsigned privilege leaf at end; Jacob bound without the second title but with continuous signatures, as with other copies seen. (Faint dampstain at end of second work.) Contemporary vellum, manuscript paper label on the spine (light soiling, without front free endpaper). Provenance: ‘336’ (faint press mark on the spine).
The second edition, enlarged and revised, of THE MODERN CLASSIC ON BOOK COLLECTING AND LIBRARIANSHIP, and ‘the first treatise of librarianship published in France’ (Henri-Jean Martin), a worthy successor to Richard de Bury's Philobiblon, whose influence dominated all French book collectors before the rise of ‘haute bibliophilie’ in the 18th century. It is bound with Jacob’s Traicté, THE FIRST HISTORY OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LIBRARIES. Jacob’s invaluable description of about a thousand libraries across Europe is sometimes the only one that survives. The account of British libraries alone covers 60 pages. Naudé was librarian to Henri de Mesmes, president of the Paris parliament, to whom he dedicated his Advis, and later to Richelieu, Mazarin and Queen Christina of Sweden. He ‘advised collectors to buy on all subjects, taking pains to seek out the best commentaries and critical editions; the contents were all-important, and nothing was to be bought on account of its antiquity, appearance, or associations’ (Hobson). Hobson, Great Libraries, p.14; Martin, ‘Classements et conjonctures’, in Histoire de l'édition française I, p.439 ; Jacob: Brunet III; 478.