BOZE, Claude Gros de (1680-1753) -- Catalogue des livres du cabinet de M. de Boze. Paris: Gabriel Martin, H.L. Guérin and L.F. Delatour, 1753.
80 (201 x 123 mm). Fol. Dd1 is a cancel. With the rare supplement of the Livres retirés. Engraved allegorical headpiece (a reduced version of Simonneau's in the 1745 private catalogue), woodcut vignettes. Simonneau's engraved portrait of the collector at age 28, after Bouys, inserted as frontspiece. (Slight crease in title, some foxing at the beginning.)
Contemporary French gold-tooled red morocco, triple fillet on sides, double fillets and small floral tools in compartments of spine (initial T, presumably for Teyssier, added at foot), roll-tooled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Provenance: Claude-César Teyssier, nephew and heir of De Boze; the catalogue was bought at the auction sale following his death in Lyon, about ten years later, by a collector who has inserted a one-page note explaining the circumstances of the De Boze sale and the notes in Teyssier's copy of the catalogue, but who has himself remained unidentified -- Nicolas Yemeniz (bookplate), no. 3674 in his 1866 private catalogue, lot 3674 in his 1867 Paris sale: "Exemplaire de famille" -- Pierre Deschamps (Librairie Champier catalogue, 1910, no. 2515).
CLAUDE-CéSAR TEYSSIER'S COPY OF MARTIN'S DE BOZE CATALOGUE, which confirms and extends what is known about the circumstances and outcome of the sale before the auction. It contains in Teyssier's hand three sets of manuscript prices next to the lot entries: Gabriel Martin's sale estimates, Guillaume-François Debure's estimates where they differed, and the prices realized of those books that were resold by Martin on behalf of MM. Boutin and Cotte, who had bought the library en-bloc. Thus, for example, lot 806, Guillaume Budé's copy of the 1488 Florentine editio princeps of Homer, was estimated at 600 livres by Martin, 300 livres by Debure, but was knocked down at 175 livres a year later. However, such comparisons must be made with caution because, as the anonymous author of the manuscript Note sur le présent catalogue (inserted after the title) points out, Boutin and Cotte occasionally substituted their own copy of an edition if De Boze's was superior.
Martin's and Debure's valuations, carried out at Teyssier's instruction, had only differed by 640 livres, the higher being 123,072 livres. However, Teyssier agreed to sell the collection en-bloc before the scheduled auction for 83,000 livres, to Jules-François de Cotte, Président au Parlement de Paris, and Charles-Robert Boutin, Maître des Requêtes. The buyers kept for themselves what they wanted, sold much of the finest early printing to Gaignat, recouping most of their cost, and turned the balance back over to Martin for auction the following year. Taylor p. 233; North 104.