This remarkable collection, rich in poetry, chivalric romances, history, military manuals, and music, contained some 7000 volumes. In the prefatory Avertissement
, the compiler of the catalogue, Claude Gros de Boze, distinguishes between a bibliothèque and a cabinet de livres, remarking that the former is simply a hoard of volumes amassed without discretion, and the latter a highly selective and consonant collection of works assembled according to scholarship, taste, and rarity. Needless to say, Cangé's books formed a cabinet, and de Boze expresses his hope, and by extension Cangé's, that the books ultimately descend en bloc to a deserving owner, without suffering the indignity of dismemberment and dispersal. Indeed, the cabinet was acquired by the Bibliothèque Royale for 40,000 livres shortly after the anonymized catalogue was published in July 1733. Following the sale, which occurred on the 30th of that month, the catalogue was reissued with a cancellans title, naming Cangé as the consignor; the present work is the reissue, with both title pages present, an additional twelve-page subject directory, as well as the sometimes-wanting leaf at the end of the volume listing 18 manuscripts that were not included in the catalogue but which Cangé gave to the King. Roughly 1300 volumes in the cabinet proved to be duplicates; these were sold to a bookseller for 11,000 livres; this in turn was used to pay part of the debt to Cangé.
Paris: Jacques Guerin, 1733. 12mo
, 181 x 111 x 30 mm (binding); 175 x 108 x 25 mm (text block). π2 (+χ1), *6, A-Oo6, Pp4, , xii, 450,  pp. Bound in contemporary salmon paper-covered boards over sprinkled calf. Rebacked with new calf, unlettered, wear to extremities and board surfaces with loss to paper, more so on lower board. Interior
: Worming to gutter of gathering B and C, not near text, additional worming to last 28 leaves, affecting printing; this has been mended and lost text renewed in manuscript.
Provenance: Ownership statement in head margin of cancel title: Ex Lib. Petri Nicolai Hebert in supremâ Parisiensi Curiâ Advocati, Regisque Vestiarii. (Hébert's name is also penned in the tail margin of Eiv.) Pierre-Nicolas Hébert (1691-1766), valet to the King and parliamentary lawyer, was known for his devotion to the history of Coulommiers, in North-Central France, about which he wrote at least three works. On the original title of the present catalogue is a note in Hébert's hand: Imbert de Cangé, Premier Valet de Garderobe du Roy, suggesting Hébert acquired the present work because he and Cangé held the same occupation; that Cangé was his predecessor as valet to Louis XV. The bookplate of M. Houvier, Coulommiers is loosely inserted, perhaps Jean Huvier du Mée (1722-1791), Hébert's son-in-law and prominent agronomist; later visiting card of Madame Eugène Colliez also inserted. Accompanying the volume is a small, folded world map from an unknown work.
North 36 (remarking that the Grolier copy includes manuscript notes on title indicating the collection was purchased from Cangé by the king for 40,000 l); Bléchet p. 87 (noting a copy with a similar statement); Brunet I, col. 1643 (postulating the collection would be worth about 200,000 fr. "today"); Graesse II, p 69 (noting that only three hundred copies of the original catalogue were printed); Blogie II, 3.