BARROIS, Joseph (1784-1855). Bibliothèque protypographique, ou Librairies des fils du Roi Jean, Charles V, Jean de Berri, Philippe de Bourgogne et les siens. Paris: Crapelet for Treuttel and Würtz, 1830.
4o (259 x 202 mm). 6 lithographic plates including frontispiece. (Some foxing, plates browned.)
BOUND IN PARIS BY E. VOGEL FOR PRESENTATION TO THE CITY OF LILLE: polished fawn calf, tooled in gilt and blind, multiple fillets forming a saltire on panelled sides, a pattern of semi-circles in the resulting compartments, small tools at the angles, spine decorated in compartments (signed by Vogel at foot), turn-ins roll-tooled, gilt edges. Slipcase. Provenance: Joseph Barrois (born at Lille, its parliamentary deputy 1824-30), inscribed by him to the city of Lille in red ink on verso of frontispiece: "à la Ville de Lille sa Patrie J.B."; two letters, dated 11 and 17 March 1827, addressed to Barrois, "député du nord, hôtel despaque, Rue de Richelieu, à Paris", loosely inserted -- Jean Furstenberg (1890-1982, see B.H. Breslauer, "Jean Furstenberg, portrait of a bibliophile", The Book Collector, 1982, pp. 427-444).
BARROIS' FIRST PUBLICATION, published at the author's own expense. "In a very limited edition (probably fifty), its high price (27 francs, when the average book cost four), was justified by the sumptuous illustration and use of black lettering... It was the first substantial work dealing with the royal libraries of the 14th and 15th centuries, the best account yet of a library before the advent of moveable type" (H. Collingham, "Joseph Barrois, portrait of a bibliophile", The Book Collector, 1984, p. 436). Barrois became posthumously notorious after Léopold Delisle's exposure in 1866 of a large number of stolen manuscripts in the collection sold by him to Lord Ashburnham.
Barrois was a staunch supporter of the Bourbon monarchy, resigning his seat in the Chamber as deputy for Lille on the accession to the throne of the Duke of Orléans as Louis-Philippe, and leaving his native city for his estate in Belgium. It is therefore apparent that he never actually gave this carefully inscribed and finely bound copy to Lille. BBB Wittockiana 28.