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9 June 2015
SELLE, Marcelle François Zacharie de & Jean-Baptiste Denis GUYON DE LA SARDIERE (d. 1759) – Catalogue des livres de la bibliotheque de feu M. de Selle. Paris: Barrois & Davite, 1761. [Bound with:] Catalogue des livres de la bibliotheque de feu M.J.B. Denis Guyon, Chev. Seigneur de Sardiere. Paris: Barrois, 1759. 2 works in one volume, 8° (199 x 125mm). Woodcut vignette on titles. (Light marginal browning throughout, a few spots.) Contemporary calf, unidentified coat-of-arms of a Marquis on sides, crowned arms with a double-headed eagle and two rosettes on a shield surrounded by palm leaves, flat sine richly decorated in gilt (rebacked with old spine relaid, lightly rubbed). Provenance: ‘ex libris Eligii johanneau’ (inscription on both titles).
Sale catalogue of the library of de Selle, PRICED in a contemporary hand. It includes a 48-page introduction that provides additional information about the more important lots in the sale. De Selle's library was particularly strong in history and belles-lettres and contained manuscripts, maps, and fine bindings. The second catalogue lists the extraordinary library of Guyon which was purchased en bloc before the sale by the Duc de La Valliere for 26,000 livres; the library was especially rich in French literature and history; many of the volumes came from the library of Diane de Poitiers (purchased by Guyon from the Chateau d'Anet in 1724). First work: North 159; second work: North 149. With 4 other 18th-century sale catalogues of the libraries of Antoine Lancelot, Jérome Phelypeaux, Comte de Pontchartrain, Denis François Secousse and Bernard de Rieux, all priced in a contemporary hand.
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