22 - 23 March 2005
ROTHELIN, Charles d'Orléans, Abbé de (1691-1744) -- Gabriel MARTIN. [Contemporary manuscript copy of:] Catalogue des livres de feu Mr l'abbé d'Orléans de Rothelin. Paris: chez Gabriel Martin, libraire, 1746.
8o (191 x 125 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt with 5 raised bainds (some overall wear). Provenance: Molème Abbey (contemporary library stamp indicating "Bibliothèque de l'Abbaye de Molème").
A page by page manuscript, including the prices realized, of the great collection describing 5036 lots including works by Aristotle, Kircher, Ficinus, de Haedo, Newton, Schott, Vitruvius, and others. It is complete with the index, a listing of the Elzevier books included, and a list of manuscripts offered. Written in a very legible scribal hand, this copy demonstrates both the importance of the catalogue as a bibliographical tool at its time, as well as its rarity.
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