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GIRAUD, Charles-Joseph-Barthélemy (1802-1881) -- Catalogue des livres rares et précieux composant la bibliothèque de M. Ch. G*****. Paris: J. Potier, 1855.
8o (221 x 138 mm). Contemporary half light-blue cloth and marbled boards.
PRICED in a contemporary hand. The remarkable library of a lawyer who occupied important positions in the French administration and at times was professor of law and minister of education. He collected the great French classical writers, Corneille, Molière and Racine, Greek and Latin literature, and fine bindings, from the libraries of Grolier (lot 1,036), François I, Henri III, Richelieu, Mazarin, Hoym, Bossuet, Racine, Eugène of Savoy, and others. He also owned important early printed books, such as the 1460 Catholicon (lot 814), and vellum copies of the 1465 Mainz Cicero and the 1468 Mainz Justinian (lots 468 & 330). Blogie, II col. 80.
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