Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliothèque de feu M. E.P. Ventenat...Suivi de la Description de différens Herbiers, Graines, Fruits étrangers, etc., et objets de curiosité.
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xii, , 83 pp. 8vo, Middle Hill boards (spine defective & shaky), uncut. Paris: Tilliard Frères, 1808. The rare sale catalogue of the great botanical library of Étienne Pierre Ventenat (1757-1808), librarian of the Panthéon and one of the leading French botanists of the period. While not a large library (612 lots), this was one of the finest botanical libraries formed during the end of the 18th century and was nearly complete in the more modern works. Ventenat used his relationships and skills as a librarian to buy the best copies possible. Many of the books were annotated by him. Lots 603-11 consisted of Ventenat's collections of botanical specimens (lot 603 contained 14-15,000 specimens from all over the world!). The preliminary leaves contain a life of Ventenat. The auctioneer has supplied two very useful indexes, one of authors and another of anonymous works. This copy has the two-page schedule of the sale. Very good copy from the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps with "MHC" written on the title. The boards are a dead give-away of the Middle Hill provenance: brown boards, joined to the book on the cheap. Bookplate of A.R.A. Hobson. ❧ Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Books Auctions...1643-1830, 484. Peignot, p. 131-"Curieux sous le rapport de la botanique et de l'histoire naturelle." See Stafleu & Cowan for some of his publications. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5160)
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