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. -- [Bound with:] Catalogue des estampes anciennes & modernes, livres à figures, vignettes pour illustrations... planches... portraits... tableaux, dessins... objets de curiosité composant la collection de feu M. Capé, ancien relieur. Paris: Pillet & Vignères, 25 March 1868.
Eight catalogues (see also below) bound in one, 8o (220 x 137 mm). Portrait photograph of Capé at beginning of print volume. Late 19th-century quarter cloth, original printed wrappers bound in (back strip almost detached, wear to corners).
PRICED in a contemporary hand. 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, that of his prints &c. by a eulogy by J.-E. Vignères, the noted printseller. The photograph of the binder-collector, inserted following the title-page of the print catalogue, is signed by Vignères; it appears to be the only portrait of him.
CHAUDÉ, A. Catalogue des livres et vignettes composant la bibliothèque de feu M. A. Chaudé. Paris, L. Potier, 16 December 1867. 8o. PRICED in a contemporary hand. Chaudé was "chef de bureau à l'administration des douanes et des contributions indirectes." His library contained many contemporary works printed on special paper. Blogie II, col. 112.
SILVESTRE, Louis-Catherine (1853-1867). Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feu M. L.-C. Silvestre. Paris: A. Labitte, 27 February 1868. 8o. PRICED in a contemporary hand. Sale catalogue of the library of the historian of early French printing, whose Marques typographiques...des libraires et imprimeurs...en France... à la fin du 16e siècle is still the standard work on the subject. His small collection contained books printed on vellum and on fine paper, works of literature and bibliography, prints and drawings, early illustrated books, and autographs - and 4 other small catalogues, Paris, 1868, all priced in a contemporary hand.