22 - 23 March 2005
MONTARAN, Edme Hypolyte-Jacques Michau, Baron de (1780-1848) -- Catalogue d'une collection d'Elzevirs (petit format) et d'autres livres rares et curieux. Paris: J.-F. Delion, 1849.
8o (199 x 115 mm). Contemporary half marbled cloth, uncut.
THE FIRST SALE CATALOGUE ENTIRELY DEVOTED TO ELZEVIRS, inaugurating a new fashion in book collecting (see the lengthy article by G. Brunet, col. 496/7). Montaran, scion of an ancient French noble family, became Napoléon's Master of the Horse and remained faithful to his Emperor to the end of the Hundred Days and beyond. His wife was a writer well-known in her time who survived him for many years (cf. Hoefer). The height of many of the Elzevirs are indicated in mm. Not in Blogie.
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