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TALLEYRAND-PÉRIGORD, Prince Charles Maurice De, Bishop of Autun (1754-1838) -- Bibliotheca Splendidissima. A Catalogue of a Superlatively Splendid and Extensive Library... London: Sotheby's, 8 May 1816.
8o (225 x 145 mm). Contemporary boards, rebacked with cloth, uncut (worn).
PRICED, WITH BUYERS' NAMES in a contemporary hand. Talleyrand's library was originally bought in 1814 by Alexander Baring and his brother-in-law M. Labouchere. Unable to agree on how to divide the collection, they consigned the entire library to Sotheby's, who sold the bulk of the contents in this sale and the remaining books in a miscellaneous pamphlet sale in 1817. Blogie IV, col.12; De Ricci, p. 92.
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