BARBIER, Antoine-Alexandre (1765-1825). Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes et pseudonymes. Paris: Rignoux, and Firmin Didot (vols. 3-4), for Barrois l'aîné, 1822-27.
80 (209 x 124 mm), 4 volumes. Lithographic portrait of the author by Langlumé after Vigneron. (Some foxing, especially in quire 4 of vol. 2.)
BOUND FOR MARIE-LOUISE AS DUCHESS OF PARMA, by an Italian shop in the Parisian style: gold-tooled red straight-grained morocco, double fillets and a delicate floral roll around the sides, Marie-Louise's monogram surmounted by the Imperial crown in the center, flat spines lettered and tooled in compartments, roll-tooled turn-ins, blue-silk liners, gilt edges.
Provenance: Marie-Louise (Archduchess of Austria, Empress of the French, Duchess of Parma, in that order), by bequest to -- the elder Archduke Rainer, Viceroy of Austria's Italian dominions (d. 1853), by descent to Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria-Tuscany (1866-1939), in whose Vienna palace Marie-Louise's forgotten library was brought to light in 1929 by -- Martin Breslauer (1871-1940), his 1931 Berlin exhibition catalogue Die Bibliothek Napoleons I und der Kaiserin Marie Luise no. 294 -- Henri Bonnasse (bookplate), offered in Giraud-Badin bibliography catalogue, 1980, no. 58 -- Michel Wittock (bookplate).
Second edition of this famous bibliography of anonymous and pseudonymous French literature, which in its three editions has been consulted for almost two hundred years. Barbier had been Napoleon's personal librarian, then served Louis XVIII in the same capacity. He died before vol. 4 of this edition was published, which contains a biographical sketch by his son, Olivier-Alexandre Barbier (1806-82), who would go on to edit the third and last edition. Marie-Louise's binders in Italy have not been identified, but it is possible that these four bindings were made in Parma. Even without protective boxes, their crimson color has been very well preserved. BBB Wittockiana 26; Breslauer & Folter 117.