Vente d'Estampes Recueillies avec Soins et Dépenses par un Amateur. Cette Collection, qui est du plus beau choix, contient un Oeuvre très-ample du célebre Rembrandt, dont beaucoup d'Epreuves sont premieres, & avec des différences, quant aux autres Maîtres, Flamands, Hollandois, Anglois & François. On y trouve les pièces capitales soit de Rubens, Van Dyck, Ostade, Visscher...Cette vente commencera le 3 Février 1778 & jours suivans..
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75,  pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Basan, 1778. A priced copy of this very rare catalogue of a famous Basan sale which featured an exceptional collection of Rembrandt prints. Our copy has a contemporary inscription on the title-page which reads "M. Servat," supporting attributions by Lugt and Blanc. The centerpiece of this sale was two portfolios, bound in red morocco, consisting of 486 prints by Rembrandt. The thorough description notes that a considerable number of the prints therein were not known to Gersaint and Yver, compilers of the first authoritative catalogue raisonné of Rembrandt. The annotator has written that it sold for 16,000 livres. 645 lots of prints (many with multiple items) are described, with occasional notes on provenance. Very good copy, priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Sporadic and inoffensive dampstaining. In North America, we locate only the Metropolitan Museum of Art copy (not priced). ❧ Blanc, Vol. I, pp. 406-9. Lugt 2779.
(Inventory #: 6232)
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