22 - 23 March 2005
JESUITS, Paris -- Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de la maison professe des ci-devant soi-disans Jesuites. Paris: Pissot & Gogué, [December] 1763, sale date 1765.
8o (193 x 127 mm). Contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt (worn). Provenance: A.L. McLaughlin (bookplate).
PRICED in a contemporary hand. Sale catalogue of the "Maison Professe," one of the best and most complete Jesuit libraries in France. The library was founded in 1580 and was composed of several important bequeathed collections, including those of Pierre Daniel Huet, Bishop of Avranches and noted scholar, and of Giles Minage. When the Jesuits were expelled from France in 1762, the above library was offered for sale at auction. The preliminaries include a 6-page list of some 1,500 lots removed from the sale with a contemporary manuscript note explaining that they were all Huet's books. Huet had a stipulation in his will indicating that his collection revert to his heirs should the Jesuit library be dispersed, so all his books were sold by his nephew to Louis XV for the Royal Library. Several references indicate that the sale may have taken place in 1765, having been delayed for eigtheen months. Blogie II, col.9; North 181; Taylor, p. 64.
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