22 - 23 March 2005
TRICHET DU FRESNE, Raphael (1611-1644) -- Catalogus librorum bibliothecae Raphaelis Tricheti du Fresne. Paris: Apud viduam & haeredes, Rue du Mail, 1662.
4o (222 x 162 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait. Printed in double-column. (Some browning.) Contemporary vellum. Provenance: E.C. (note "Collated & perfect E.C." in an early hand on final leaf).
Pollard & Ehrman count Tichet's catalogue among the "four outstanding" French seventeenth-century inventory catalogues (pp. 208ff). They rank this along with those of the Cordes, De Thou and Faulrier libraries. Taylor notes that seventeenth-century bibliographers recommended it for its reference value (pp.179-180). Trichet du Fresne began his career as a bookseller before becoming corrector at the newly established Imprimerie du Roi in 1640. After the death of Naudé he was appointed librarian of Queen Christina of Sweden. His own library comprised about 10,000 volumes. Colbert acquired his manuscripts from his widow, Françoise Duvivier, for the Royal Library for 27,700 livres. The printed books were bought by Nicolas Fouquet, after whose disgrace and imprisonment they were confiscated and incorporated into the Royal Library in 1665. Bléchet, p.59; Pollard & Ehrman, Table XXV; Taylor, p. 265ff.
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