RENOUARD, Antoine-Augustin (1765-1853) -- Catalogue des livres rares et precieux de la bibliothèque de M. R. Paris: A.-A. Renouard, 19 November 1804.
8o (195 x 123 mm). Contemporary green half roan, flat spine richly gilt (some wear).
PRICED in a contemporary hand. The first sale of books from the private library of Antoine-Augustin Renouard, the renowned French bibliographer and bookseller. This sale represents a relatively small but choice selection of rare books, "all in a perfect state of preservation" ("Avertissement"), many of which were bound by Derôme, Bradel, and Bozérian; there were numerous Bodoni and Didot imprints. Not in North. Blogie II, col. 24.
PATU DE MELLO, André-Claude (1726-1779) -- Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque de feu A.-C. Patu de Mello, suivi de la notice d'une collection précieuse d'instrumens de Physique, de Chymie, de Mathematiques, d'Astronomie, d'Optique. Paris: Veuve Tilliard et fils, 1799, sale 20 February 1800.
PRICED in a contemporary hand. Patu de Mello was "Payeur des Rentes de l'Hôtel de Ville," Paris. He began forming his library as a student at the Collège de Beauvais where he distinguished himself in science and mathematics; the library was particularly strong in these areas, as well as history, travel, and belles-lettres. The catalogue contains interesting notes concerning provenance, questions of bibliographical priority, and medical curiousities, and has an index of authors' names. Without the leaf of "Vacations," announced on verso of title to appear 8 days before the sale. Blogie II, col.22; Graesse II, p.72; North 402.