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CAPÉ, Charles-François (1806-1867) -- Catalogue des livres rares et précieux la plupart en belles reliures anciennes et modernes composant la bibliothèque de feu M. Capé, ancien relieur. Paris: L. Potier, 27 January 1868. -- [With:] Articles omis au catalogue et qui seront vendus dans la vacation du samedi 1er février 1868.
8o (220 x 137 mm). Interleaved throughout. Contemporary quarter morocco, vellum corners and marbled boards (light rubbing to edges).
PRICED WITH BUYERS' NAMES in a contemporary hand by a collector or dealer attending the sale, who had prepared himself by making, mainly cryptic, notes against many lots. His probably abbreviated name was Le Souff who, enumerates 35 lots, almost all bought by Potier on his behalf. Sale catalogue of the remarkable library of the great Parisian bookbinder, "Relieur de l'Impératrice;" many of the finest books were bound by himself. In 1827 Capé succeed his father-in-law as a porter at the Louvre, where he also worked as a binder in the library. He soon found himself binding books for a distinguished clientèle. In 1848 he left the Louvre and established himself at 16, rue Dauphine. The catalogue of Capé's library is preceded by his biography by Jules Janin.
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