MARSAND, Antonio (1765-1842). I manoscritti italiani della Regia Biblioteca parigina. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, for sale with Joseph Crozet, 1835-38.
4o (264 x 196 mm), 2 volumes. Royal Press's woodcut device on titles.
BOUND BY ALPHONSE SIMIER FOR LOUIS-PHILIPPE: original, but not quite uniform, gold-tooled crimson (vol. 1) and scarlet (vol. 2) straight-grained morocco, panelled sides with straight fillets, tools of bold leafy scroll work in the corners, large crowned monogram of Louis-Philippe in the center (Olivier 2499, fer 3, the largest version), four raised bands on spines, tooling and lettering in the compartments, two small floral tools on the bands, board-edges and turn-ins roll-tooled, cream silk liners (vol. 1), imitation silk endpapers (vol. 2), gilt leaf-edges, signed by the Royal Binder at foot of spine of vol. 1. Modern cloth fall-down-back box. Provenance: Louis-Philippe d'Orléans (1773-1850), King of the French (r. 1830-48), dedicatee of Marsand's catalogue, owner of two outstanding libraries, Neuilly and Palais Royal, with the library-stamp of the latter on title of vol. 1; his 1852 Paris sale (expert: L. Potier), part II, lot 2478 -- Major J.R. Abbey (bought from Breslauer, 1960), bookplate, his sale at Sotheby's, part III, 1967, lot 2013 (to Alan Thomas) -- Michel Wittock (bookplate).
THE DEDICATION SET, not quite uniformly bound, of Marsand's detailed and handsomely produced catalogue of the Italian manuscripts in the French Royal Library, the Arsenal, Sainte-Geneviève and the Bibliothèque Mazarine. Louis-Philippe, whom Marsand called in his dedication the "proteggitore illuminato delle scienze e delle lettere," was an outstanding collector; ten years earlier he had bought Marsand's important Petrarch collection (see lot 97). Alphonse Simier (d. 1847), binder to the King, is now considered fully the equal of his father René. These boldly decorated bindings for his Royal master were executed four years apart and can be distinguished by a subtle difference in color; their spines, being of unequal width, are treated slightly differently. BBB Wittockiana 30; BBB Harvard 26.