MIRABEAU, Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de (1749-1791) -- Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feu M. Mirabeau l'aîné. Paris: Benoît Rozet & François Belin junior, 1791, sale 9 January 1792.
8o (202 x 120 mm). EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with portraits of Mirabeau by Ficsinger after J. Guérin and one after Borel, engraved view of Mirabeau's tomb and an autograph note by Mirabeau. Contemporary Parisian crimson morocco, triple gilt fillets round sides, smooth spine gilt, light-blue watered-silk endleaves, second pair of vellum endleaves, gilt edges, by Pierre Joseph Bisiaux for A.A. Renouard. Provenance: Antoine-Augustin Renouard (binding, catalogue 1819, IV, p.249; sale catalogue 1853/4, lot 3,461, clipping from his catalogue mounted beneath La Bédoyère's bookplate); Comte Noël-François Henri Huchet de la Bédoyère (bookplate, his sale, 1862, lot 2,788, see lot 598).
ONE OF THE FEW COPIES ON LARGE VéLIN PAPER. PRICED AND WITH A FEW MANUSCRIPT NOTES IN THE HAND OF A.A. RENOUARD. Mirabeau's early death interrupted his plan to form a kind of universal library, to be open to all scholars and researchers. He started realizing it "with the same impetuosity which ruled all his activities" (Renouard): in eleven months, according to the preface to the catalogue, he formed the above collection; its most important component was the library of Comte de Buffon (1707-1788), the great naturalist, which he had acquired. Many of these books, catalogued as lots 1,128-1,418, had autograph annotations by Buffon which are noted. Renouard's copy is complete with the Table, the printed list of price results, and the leaf entitling the owner to receive a free copy of it. Renouard has added Mirabeau's portrait by Ficsinger after J. Guirin, Victor Mirabeau's portrait after Borel, a view of Mirabeau's tomb, and an autograph note in Mirabeau's hand, dated 31 May, 1788, 11 lines, 12mo, to Abbé Bernard Mercier de Saint-Leger, in which he refers to proofs, an announcement by the Abbé, and an intended visit.
The binding, though unsigned, is by Bisiaux, one of Renouard's favorite binders: two of the rolls on the spine are identical with those on De Ricci-Schiff, No. 127, and the inside gilt border is identical with that on another binding by him for Renouard, the Pinelli Catalogue. It has the extra pair of vellum endleaves, characteristic of most bindings executed for Renouard. Peignot; Bogeng; Taylor; Blogie II, col. 18; Graesse II, p.72; North 353.