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MEL DE SAINT-CERAN -- Catalogue des Livres Rares et Précieux de la Bibliothèque de M. Mel de Saint Ceran. Paris: Guillaume Debure, 6 June 1791.
8o (205 x 108 mm). Including the Supplement at end. Contemporary diced russia gilt, edges gilt (spine mostly perished). Provenance: Thomas Frognall Dibdin (bookplate, prices, his sale, 1817, lot 319); Lord Vernon (bookplate); A.L. McLaughlin (bookplate).
DIBDIN'S PRICED COPY, ON FINE, LAID PAPER of the sale catalogue of Mel de Saint-Ceran's second library (the first one having been dispersed in 1780). "Un choix de livres au moins équivalent au précédent," according to Peignot, a judgment repeated half a century later by G. Brunet. Debure proceeded with the auction after failing to sell the collection en bloc. Blogie II, col. 18; Graesse II, p.72; North 349.
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