MEERMAN, Gerard (1715-1771) & Johan (1753-1815) -- Bibliotheca Meermanniana, sive catalogus librorum impressorum et codicum manuscriptorum. The Hague: S. & J. Luchtmans, Van Cleef Bros., and B. Scheurleer, 8 June 1824.
5 volumes in 3 (including Prix des livres), 8o (225 x 142 mm). Original blue-grey wrappers, printed spine labels, uncut (one spine broken). Provenance: A.N.L. Munby (bookplates).
Sale catalogue of the Meerman collection, "one of the most famous private libraries in Europe" (Munby), listing ca. 10,000 titles and 1,100 MSS. It was founded by Gerard Meerman, the author of Origines Typographicae, in which he proclaimed Coster the inventor of printing; he had acquired the entire manuscript collection of the Collège de Clermont, Paris. It was continued by his son Johan, also a jurist of note, and the founder of the Royal Library at The Hague, who left it to that city. After that bequest was refused, it was sold by auction, realizing 131,000 Guilders; Sir Thomas Phillipps attended the sale of the manuscripst, acquiring more than 650 of them through his agent at the sale, the London bookseller Thomas Rodd (see Munby, Phillipps Studies, III). A few copies contain an added lithograph portrait of J. Meerman (not present here). De Ricci, p. 120; G. Brunet; Blogie IV, col. 57-58 (without portrait). (2)