PÂRIS DE MEYZIEU, Jean-Baptiste (d.1778) -- Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feu M. Pâris de Meyzieu, ancien conseiller au Parlement, & ancien intendant de l'Ecole Royale Militaire. Paris: Nicolas-Léger Moutard, Libraire-Imprimeur de la Reine, et al, 15 March 1779.
8o (198 x 114 mm). With "Nouveau Supplément" and "Table" at end. Contemporary Parisian crimson morocco gilt, triple gilt fillets on sides, smooth spine richly gilt-lettered and -decorated in compartments, edges gilt, possibly by Derome le jeune; red cloth folding case. Provenance: an heir or executor of Pâris (inscription on flyleaf, see below).
PRICED throughout in a contemporary hand. Pâris was the nephew of the famous financier Joseph Pâris Duvernier (d. 1770). The sale of his library of this "fameux bibliophile" realized "the enormous sum" of 54,000 livres, according to Guigard. Among the purchasers was the Bibliothèque du Roi. This copy belonged to an heir or executor of Pâris who was disappointed with the catalogue, blaming himself for it, according to his note on a front flyleaf: "Si ce catalogue n'eut pas été fait par un ignorant, et que je n'eusse pas eu l'imbécillité de le choisir, il pouvait être utile aux amateurs." Horne claims that the library was later sold in London by Edwards in the catalogue Bibliotheca Parisiana, a Catalogue of Books, formed by a Gentleman of France... 26th of March, 1791, though de Ricci asserts that this 1791 London sale was that of Paris d'Illins. Guigard II, p.90. Horne, pp.716-720; North 276; Olivier V, p.516; Peignot, p.116.