NAUDÉ, Gabriel (1600-53). Advis pour dresser une bibliothèque. Présenté à Monseigneur le Président de Mesme. Paris: François Targa, 1627.
8o in 4s (158 x 108 mm). Woodcut title-vignette, headpieces and initials. Contemporary French flexible vellum (first binding). Provenance: Friedrich Adolph Ebert (1791-1834, Dresden librarian, author of Allgemeines bibliographisches Lexikon), typographical bookplate -- Gottlieb Friedlaender (bibliographer, author of Beiträge zur Buchdruckergeschichte 1834), engraved bookplate -- A.G-du Plessis, armorial bookplate.
RARE FIRST EDITION of the modern classic on book collecting and librarianship, "le premier traité de bibliothéconomie qui ait été imprimé en France" (Henri-Jean Martin, "Classements et conjonctures," in: Histoire de l'édition française I, p. 439), a worthy successor to Richard de Bury's Philobiblon, whose influence dominated all French book collectors before the rise of "haute bibliophilie" in the 18th century (see lot 48). Naudé was librarian to Henri de Mesmes, president of the Paris parliament, to whom he dedicated his Advis, and later to Richelieu, Mazarin and Queen Christina of Sweden. He "advised collectors to buy on all subjects, taking pains to seek out the best commentaries and critical editions; the contents were all-important, and nothing was to be bought on account of its antiquity, appearance, or associations" (Hobson, Great Libraries p.14).
FINE ASSOCIATION COPY from the libraries of two German bibliographers, the first of whom, Ebert, was also the greatest and most influential librarian of his generation, author of Die Bildung des Bibliothekars (1820).