Bibliotheca Lambertina: seu Catalogus Librorum Bibliothecae...Nicolai Lambert...
by (AUCTION CATALOGUE: LAMBERT, N.).
Woodcut arms of Lambert on title. 2 p.l., xii, 376,  pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. maroon morocco, double gilt fillet round sides with gilt crowns in each corner, central arms in gilt on each cover of Joaquín Gómez de la Cortina, Marqués de Morante, spine lettered in gilt, many lower edges untrimmed. Paris: G. Martin, 1730. A fascinating copy, heavily annotated throughout in two contemporary hands, of this uncommon sale catalogue of the library of Nicolas Lambert (1666-1729), councillor to the Parlement of Paris and a high government official. This was a fine general library, rich in the best 17th and 18th-century editions of history, geography, and law. One of Martin's scarcest catalogues; 3169 lots with an excellent authors' index at end. This is perhaps the most heavily annotated auction catalogue we have ever encountered. Two hands are at work here. The first has very largely priced the catalogue. The second, smaller hand has filled many of the margins with details of additional items sold not in the printed catalogue, with prices; corrections and additions to the printed lots; and other bibliographical details. Fine copy. With the leather bookplate of Gomez de la Cortina, one of the greatest Spanish bibliophiles of the 19th century, and A.R.A. Hobson. ❧ Bléchet, pp. 82-83. Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions...1643-1830, 33. Guigard, II, p. 279. Peignot, p. 106. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5162)
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