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HEINSIUS, Nicolaas (1620-1681) -- Bibliotheca Heinsiana sive catalogus librorum, quos magno studio, & sumptu, dum viveret, collegit vir illustris Nicolaus Heinsius. Leiden: [Abraham Elzevir for] Johannes de Vivie, .
2 parts in one volume, 12o (149 x 92 mm). Title printed in red and black with Vivie's woodcut device, engraved portrait frontispiece. Contemporary calf (some light wear to spine and covers). Provenance: M. Müller (ink stamp on paste-down).
The undated issue of Heinsius celebrated sale catalogue printed in the same year of the auction, but omitting any reference to the auction. "The sale catalogue of the polymath library of Nicolaus Heinsius, eminent Dutch classical scholar, Neo-Latin poet, and diplomatist... was immediately recognized as having more than ephemeral value, and was reissued as a reference work, with a new, undated title-page in red and black (verso blank), on which all mention of the sale was omitted, an added preface ('Typographus Lectori Salutem'), and a frontispiece portrait of the late owner. There is a further issue, without date of sale, portrait or preface, and with title in black, dated 1682. It became one of the most frequently consulted catalogues of its kind" (Breslauer & Folter). See Breslauer & Folter 80; Willems 925.
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