21 March 2005
ELZEVIER, Daniel (1626-80). Catalogus librorum qui in bibliopolio Danielis Elsevirii venales extant. Amsterdam: Elzevier Press, 1674.
12o (145 x 72 mm), 7 parts in one volume (separately signed and paginated). Roman and gothic types. Printer's woodcut device on title. BOUND FOR THOMAS FROGNALL DIBDIN BY CHARLES SMITH, London c. 1815: gold-tooled olive straight-grained morocco, fillets round sides with a flower tool in the corners, spine finely decorated au pointillé and with small tools, lettered in two compartments, floral border on wide turn-ins, glazed mauve endpapers, top edges gilt, other edges uncut, binder's ticket on verso of front free endpaper (Smith's Oxendon Street address). Provenance: Rev. T.F. Dibdin (bookplate, his bibliography sale at Evans, 28 June 1817, lot 515, three guineas to Lloyd) -- Major J.R. Abbey (bookplate, his purchase entry dated 11 January 1951).
The most important bookseller's catalogue of the 17th century, complete in seven parts: Theology; Law; Medicine; miscellaneous subjects; French language; Italian, Spanish and English; German. It lists upwards of 20,000 titles in stock and continued in use as a work of reference many decades after the books could no longer be supplied.
FINE COPY from Dibdin's library, bound during the height of the mania for measuring the size of Elzeviers; Smith was therefore careful not to employ his knife and left the leaves partly unopened and the edges uncut. Pollard and Ehrman 69; Breslauer and Folter 68; BBB Wittockiana 24.
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