The Grolier Club was founded with many roots in French culture, and French themes were present through its production of books and the emphasis on the book as an object. French binders from Paris were instrumental in forming the Club's Bindery, and many of the Club's first publications had notions of French taste. As the Grolier Club library has continued to grow over the years, French sale catalogues of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries have continued to be viewed as particularly valuable. The Club's first acquired French sale catalogue was a copy of the 1679 inventory of the library of the French historian Jacques- Auguste de Thou. Over the years, the collection expanded through acquisitions and donations, especially the large donation of almost 500 French auction sales catalogues from Water S. Davis. Now, the collection of book sale catalogues is the most heavily used part of the Grolier Club Library among its member and other collectors. Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions is the first book to fully describe French book auction sales between 1643 and 1830. Providing complete title-page transcriptions, page counts, signature statements, lot totals, signature formulas, and identification of consignors and other figures, this book will allow librarians, bookdealers, and collectors to identify and collate catalogues in hand. Each entry describes a printed catalogue of a private library created for the purpose of sale by auction or by private treaty. The catalogue describes 616 items arranged chronologically by date of sale. Notes on contents, general notes, and a final note devoted to aspects unique to the Grolier Club are also included. The book contains a preface by Eric Holzenberg, an appreciation by Edmond L. Lincoln, and an introduction by Michael J. North.
American Art Association, Anderson Galleries (Firm)