BOZE, Claude Gros de (1680-1753). Catalogue des livres du cabinet. Paris: chez G. Martin, à l'Etoile, H.L. Guérin & L.F. Delatour, à Saint Thomas d'Aquin, 1753. 8°(195 x 125mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Claude Gros de Boze by N. Dupuis after Chevalier, one engraved headpiece after Bouchardon by Moitte, with the supplement listing the withdrawn lots. (Light marginal waterstaining at beginning, including title, mainly marginal light browning.) Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine decorated gilt in compartments, morocco lettering-piece (joints partly repaired, head of spine chipped, lightly rubbed). Provenance: red stamp on verso of title, with the initials ‘A V C S E I’.
BOZE, C. G. de. Catalogue des livres provenans de la bibliothèque de feu M. de Boze. Paris: G. Martin, 1754. 8° (202 x 125mm). Woodcut headpiece and initial, with the supplement listing lots 1,298-1,319. (Lightly browned throughout.) Contemporary marbled calf, spine decorated gilt in compartments, morocco lettering-piece (lightly rubbed).
Sale catalogues of Boze's library by Gabriel Martin, the first priced, presumably with estimates and the second with manuscript pricing in the margins. The first sale did not take place, as the library was sold en bloc beforehand to Cotte and Bortin. The books that Cotte and Bortin did not want for their own collection were sold through the 1754 catalogue, and in some cases they replaced superior copies with inferior ones. The number of lots in the second sale, which took place from 15 January to 6 February 1755, had shrunk from 2,723 to 1,319 lots. Blogie II, cols. 6-7; North 104, 112; Taylor, p. 233.