MEERMAN, Gerard (1715-1771) & Johan (1753-1815) – Bibliotheca Meermanniana, sive catalogus librorum impressorum et codicum manuscriptorum. The Hague: S. & J. Luchtmans, Van Cleef Bros., and B. Scheurleer, 8 June 1824. 5 volumes, including in vol. V the leaf ‘Quatre vases manifiques’, Articles omis et defecteux, and Prix des livres, 8° (219 x 125mm). Half-titles in vols I, III, V and Prix des livres. (Lacking fly-title to vol. II.) Contemporary marbled paper-covered boards, red morocco gilt spine labels, uncut (extremities faintly rubbed and corners bumped). Provenance: interleaved with extensive annotation and prices, all IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND.
Sale catalogue of the Meerman collection, ‘one of the most famous private libraries in Europe’ (Munby), listing approximately 10,000 titles and 1,100 manuscripts. It was founded by Gerard Meerman, the author of Origines Typographicae, in which he proclaimed Coster the inventor of printing; he had acquired the entire manuscript collection of the Collège de Clermont, Paris. It was continued by his son Johan, also a jurist of note, and the founder of the Royal Library at The Hague, who left it to that city. After that bequest was refused, it was sold by auction, realizing 131,000 Guilders; Sir Thomas Phillipps attended the sale of the manuscripts, acquiring more than 650 of them through his agent at the sale, the London bookseller Thomas Rodd (see Munby, Phillipps Studies, III). A few copies contain an added lithograph portrait of J. Meerman (not present here). De Ricci, p. 120; Blogie IV, col. 57-58 (without portrait).