Bibliothèque de la Reine Marie-Antoinette at Petit Trianon D'apres L'Inventaire Original Dressé par Ordre de la Convention. Catalogue avex des Notes Inédites du Marquis de Paulmy.
Place and Imprint: Paris: Jules Gay, Editeur, 1863.
Edition: First edition, number 75 of 300 numbered copies on Holland paper (of a total of 317 copies).
Condition: Upper joint starting, but sound; fine copy.
Book ID: 28463
Physical Description12mo, contemporary green half morocco by V. Champs, marbled paper boards, spine gilt-decorated in five compartments, gilt lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed.
CommentsAn interesting compilation by Paul Lacroix (1806-84), French antiquary, bibliographer, editor and author, of the library of Marie Antoinette that was housed at her estate, Petit Trianon. The 736 entries are arranged by sciences and arts, belles lettres (the majority of the works) and histoire. Along with the usual suspects are imaginary voyages and a number of memoirs of amorous characters that shocked the general reader when the catalogue was first published. Lacroix, who often wrote under the pseudonym "Bibliophile Jacob," compiled this when he was librarian of the Arsenal Library, Paris. Bookplate of F. T. Kunkelmann on the front paste-down.
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