BRUNET, Jacques-Charles fils (1780-1867)
Manuel du Libraire et de l'Amateur de Livres, contenant 1. Un nouveau Dictionnaire bibliographique, ... 2. Une table en forme de catalogue raisonné
Paris: Brunet, Libraire ... Leblanc, Impr.-Libre. 1810. 3 volumes, octavo. (7 3/4 x 4 7/8 inches). Half-titles. Text in two columns.
Contemporary calf, flat spines gilt with red and black morocco lables, marbled endpapers
Provenance: Bibliotheque Vuilleret (booklabels)
An exceptional set of the first edition of this bibliographical milestone.
This was by no means Brunet's only publication, but it is the work on which his bibliographical reputation rests and it is the only title that he continued to refine and expand throughout his lifetime: this first edition was published when Brunet was just thirty; the fifth edition appeared when he was eighty (in 1860) in six volumes.
The form of the work was more or less set by Brunet from the start: this first edition consists of a preface, a list of contemporary sale catalogues consulted, the alphabetical Nouveau Dictionnaire Bibliographique, with each entry assigned a number that corresponds with an entry in the Table Méthodique, an index of the categories in the Table Méthodique, advice on how to use the Table and then the table itself.
The first edition has become scarce. The last copy at auction complete with all three volumes (the Breslauer copy, Christie's 27 June 2005) realized $1920.
Breslauer & Folter 118; Breslauer Sale 944.