[2711 lots, priced.] The auction catalogue of the diverse and well-balanced collection of Michel Peletier de Souzy [1640-1725], director-general of fortifications for Louis XIV. The collection was managed and expanded by de Souzy's son, Michel-Robert, until his own death in 1740. In those fifteen intervening years, Michel-Robert added a number of books acquired at the auctions of the Colbert1 collection in 1728, the Caumartin sale of 1734, the Bourret sale of 1735, and the l'Abbé Couet and Comtesse du Verruë sales, both of 1737; copies of the catalogues for all these auctions (and other, earlier catalogues, which de Souzy père clearly mined) were offered as lots 2676-2690 in the present catalogue. Our copy has been priced throughout in a contemporary hand, and on the last page the same owner has enumerated 122 unsold/unpriced lots. According to Bléchet, copies of the Peletier de Souzy catalogue exist with manuscript dates on title page of either Lundi 10 avril or Lundi 17 avril; the reasons for the discrepancy are unclear. With the sometimes-wanting 27-page Table des auteurs, and bound with a Table from an unrelated catalogue, the LeBlanc sale of 1729; the latter was printed by Charles Osmont.2 The Grolier copy of our catalogue is unpriced and lacks the Table. The Breslauer copy, sold at auction in 2005, was wanting the half title; ours seems to be the only copy to occur on the market since then, and only the third copy since E.P. Goldschmidt's (wanting Table) in 1947.
Paris: Jacques Barois, 1741.
Octavo, 193 x 135 x 28 mm (binding), 190 x 130 x 25 mm (text block). xii, 291, , 27,  pp; [a]4, e2, A-2N4, 2O2, A-C4, D2 (plus X-Bb4, 20-leaf table and addenda/corrigenda from the 1729 LeBlanc catalogue). Period sprinkled calf, competently and functionally rebacked, with spine preserved; back titled in second compartment on morocco lettering-piece CATALOG | DE | PELETIER; corners renewed; green silk bookmarker; original marbled ends. Interior: Title finger-soiled; some spotting passim; B2 with small burn hole affecting three letters verso; 2B1 with small burn hole, not near text; some deckles preserved.
North no. 58; Bléchet p. 105; Vander Elst A p. 54; not in Blogie.
1Michel Peletier de Souzy's brother Claude was successor to Colbert.
2We are indebted to Michael Laird for the identification of this extra Table.