AUTOGRAPHS -- GAUCHERON, Roger (1891-1946). Lettres, autographs et manuscrits de la collection Henri de Rothschild. Paris, 1924. Volume I ('Moyen age - XVIe siècle', all published), 2o (321 x 245 mm). title in red and black, half-titles. 33 tipped-in photogravure plates, reproducing both rectos and versos of the originals, each one cut out according to its original shape, mounted on dark green paper and protected by printed tissue guards. Contemporary dark blue half morocco gilt, original wrappers bound in, top edge gilt (extremities scuffed).
LIMITED EDITION number 191 of 100 on "vélin français" paper, of a total edition of 250. Henri (James) de Rothschild (1871-1946) was the son of Baron James whose collection of French literature, presented to the Bibliothèque Nationale, constitutes one of its principal treasures. Baron Henri collected autographs on a similar scale - was it his intention to create a supplement to his father's collection? - and like him, presented it to the same library where it is known as the "Donation Rothschild." Gaucheron, the author of this scholarly catalogue, was a diplomat who ended his career as French ambassador to Venezuela; this appears to be his only major work of scholarship.
WHITNEY HOFF, Grace. Lettres autographes composant la collection de Madame G. Whitney Hoff. Paris, 1934. 2o (327 x 248 mm). Title in red and black, half-title. 59 photogravure plates (7 double- or triple-page and folding), reproducing both rectos and versos of the originals, each one cut out according to its original shape and mounted on dark green paper, numerous illustrations. Contemporary brown buckram gilt, original wrappers bound in.
LIMITED EDITION number 191 of 200 copies on "vélin français" paper. This is the second of the luxuriously produced catalogues of Mrs. Whitney Hoff's collections, of considerable use, as it reproduces numerous autographs, of which facsimiles are found nowhere else. The principal compiler appears to have been Cornuau who signed the introduction. (2)