22 - 23 March 2005
BOZE, Claude Gros De (1680-1753) -- Gabriel MARTIN. Catalogue des livres du cabinet de M. De Boze. Paris: G. Martin, H.L. Guérin, & L.F. Delatour, 1753.
8o. Contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt, red morocco spine label (spine ends chipped, wear to joints and edges). Provenance: Felix and René Des Vernay (bookplate).
BOZE -- MARTIN. Catalogue des livres provenans de la bibliothèque de feu M. de Boze. Paris: G. Martin, 1754, sale 15 January 1755. 8o.
Both sale catalogues of Boze's library by Gabriel Martin. The first sale did not take place, as the library was sold en bloc beforehand to Cotte and Bortin. This copy of the first catalogue, which lacks the supplement listing the withdrawn lots, includes Martin's valuations and those of De Bure Le Jeune's where he differs from Martin. It also contains a manuscript note in a contemporary hand explaining the first sale's history. The books that Cotte and Bortin did not want for their own collection were sold through the 1754 catalogue, and in some cases they replaced superior copies with inferior ones. The number of lots in the second sale, which took place from 15 January to 6 February 1755, had shrunk from 2,723 to 1,319 lots (the above copy does not contain the supplement listing lots 1,298-1,319). Blogie II, cols. 6-7; North 104, 112; Taylor, p. 233.
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