22 - 23 March 2005
SEGUIER, Pierre (1588-1672) -- Bernard de MONTFAUÇON (1655-1741). Bibliotheca Coisliniana, olim Seguerana [sic], sive Manuscriptorum omnium Graecorum, quae in ae continentur, accurata descriptio, ubi... aetas cuisque Manuscripti indicatur, vetussiorum specimina exhibentur... quae ad Palaeographiam Graecam pertinent. Paris: Louis Guérin & Charles Robustel, 1715.
2o (394 x 244 mm). 5 engraved facsimiles, engraved text facsimiles. Contemporary calf (rebacked preserving original red morocco lettering piece). Provenance: A.N.L. Munby (bookplate).
The monumental catalogue by Montfauçon, the eminent historian and founder of Greek palaeography, of the more than 400 Greek manuscripts which had belonged, "almost without exception" (Delisle) to Séguier, but are often referred to, as in the title, as "Coisliniana." The Seguier manuscripts had been inherited by his grandson, Henri-Charles de Cambout, Duc de Coislin, Bishop of Metz, who had left them to the Benedictines of St. Germain-des-Prés; Séguier's Greek manuscripts now form the "Fonds Coislin," 416 volumes in the Department of manuscripts in the Bibliothèque Nationale. Graesse IV, p.591.
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