ELISABETH-Philippe-Marie-Hélène de France, called MADAME ELISABETH (1764-94) -- Catalogue des Livres. Qui composent la Bibliotheque de Madame. Elisabeth de France. Soeur du Roy. Versailles, 1783.
2o (309 x 193 mm). CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT in ink on Dutch bluish paper (a single stock, "Vryheyt" watermark, GR countermark). Collation:  (1 blank, 2r title), 2-512 (classified catalogue, 5/8-9 table, 5/10-12 blank); 62 (1 blank, 2 divisional title Catalogue Alphabetique), 710 812 910 (alphabetical catalogue, 9/10 blank removed). Entries made by two librarians on 102 pages, which are each divided by red vertical rules into three columns for titles and locations (bookcase and shelf). The main hand is also responsible for the titles, the table and the headings.
ORIGINAL FRENCH GOLD-TOOLED CRIMSON MOROCCO BINDING, triple gilt fillet on sides, the arms of Madame Elisabeth in the center, large fleur-de-lys tool in the corners, flat spine decorated with fleurs-de-lys and other small tools and a long green morocco lettering piece with the title on 15 lines, roll-tooled turn-ins, blue silk liners, gilt edges, (corners worn, light stain on front cover). Provenance: Madame Elisabeth (arms-block, Olivier 2515.1), youngest daughter of Louis dauphin (d. 1765), granddaughter of Louis XV, sister of Louis XVI -- Jean-Louis Antoine Coste of Lyon (Paris sale, 17 April 1854, lot 2552) -- James Gibson Craig (Sotheby's 27th June 1887, lot 528) -- Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929), bookplate and stamp, Sotheby's 25th May 1995, lot 215.
THE EARLIEST KNOWN AND APPARENTLY UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT CATALOGUE of the library of Madame Elisabeth when she was only nineteen. In the year of the Revolution she moved the collection to her small estate at Montreuil. She refused to emigrate, shared the anguish of the Royal Family at the Temple Prison, and was guillotined on 10th May 1794. Her library was then confiscated and a brief list of 109 works was compiled (now at the Arsenal Library, Paris). A contemporary one-page manuscript (on a half-sheet of Van der Ley paper) is laid into the present manuscript, calculating the number of volumes for each division to a total of 1931. The total number of works described, however, is 391 in the classified section and 338 in the alphabetical list. The main divisions are Theology, Law, Arts and Sciences, Literature, History. The catalogue is not recorded in Quentin-Bauchard, Les femmes bibliophiles (1886).