ROTHELIN, Charles d'Orléans, Abbé de (1691-1744) – Gabriel MARTIN. Catalogue des livres de feu M. l'Abbé d'Orléans de Rothelin. Paris: Gabriel Martin, April 1746. 8° (195 x 121mm). Half-title, engraved frontispiece portrait by Jean-Nicolas Tardieu after C. Coypel, Rothelin’s engraved arms on title, woodcut headpieces and initials. (Some spotting throughout.) Contemporary calf, spine decorated gilt in compartments, morocco lettering-piece (head of spine chipped, quite rubbed).
PRICED THROUGHOUT in a contemporary hand. Rothelin was one of the preeminent French book collectors of the 18th century: he had his books, which included many large-paper copies, bound by the outstanding binders of the time, such as Boyer, Padeloup and Duseuil. The most spectacular part of his library was the collection of illuminated and historical manuscripts, largely from the collection of Nicolas-Joseph Foucault, including the Sherborne Missal and the Bible of Charles V. This is considered one of the best sale catalogues compiled by Gabriel Martin, and is one of twenty-two with an index. Martin explains in his preface why he did not base his catalogue on that compiled for the collector. Rothelin appears to have been a learned man, and one intimate with the literary elite of the day: Voltaire addressed some verses to him, lauding his taste and 'esprit si délicat, si sage' (quoted by Bogeng). Blogie II, col.5; Brunet III,1497; Graesse II, p.72; North 82; Peignot, p.121; Taylor, p.259.