A price and measurement guide for various sizes, shapes, and substance (thickness) of pane glass and mirrors, produced for use of glaziers and glass salesmen in the field. In 1722, the Paris guild of glassmakers asked Parlement for permission to print a price guide, and since then, such lists have been produced on a regular basis in France, and were always small-format works that could easily be carried. Permission was renegotiated in 1765 (and again in 1781), and a privilege was granted to Laurent-François Prault to print a new price guide for the period of nine years. He evidently waited eight years to take advantage of this privilege, for the first new guide was not published until 1773. This is our book. It is prefaced with a warning, on verso of title, advising consumers that a renegade printer named sieur Gueffier had produced a poor-quality price guide to glass, in the form of an almanac and undated, which was rife with errors, and which was to be regarded with suspicion and discarded in favor of this official guide. (Indeed a few of Gueffier's bootleg price guides have survived.) According to van Praet, 25 copies of our book were printed on parchment. These were likely not deluxe exemplars, but rather copies produced for extra durability in the dirty and dangerous milieu of glazing and mirroring: the parchment is stout, with flaws and blemishes passim; not nearly the same fineness as the vellum used for fine printing, luxury books, or illumination. In spite of this, our copy was regarded by an early 19th century collector as a fine book, and paid for a good-quality morocco binding plus a bit extra to gild the edges. We have located one other copy on parchment, at BnF.
Full title: NOUVEAU | TARIF | DU PRIX | DES GLACES. | 1765. || [Double rule] La prix eſt de quarante ſols, broché. [Double rule] || [Sunburst woodcut] || A PARIS, | De l'Imprimerie de Prault, Imprimeur | du Roi, Quai de Gêvres. || [Double rule] || AVEC PRIVILEGE DU ROI.
Paris: Prault, Laurent-François, 1773.
12mo in sixes, 166 x 105 x 11 mm (binding), 163 x 103 x 9 mm (text block). A-E6 L8 [$=3];  ff =74,  pp. Early 19th-century polished maroon morocco, full gilt back, by Wallis of London, plus slipcase. Case a bit worn, minor blemishes to extremities of binding. Interior: Title leaf a bit cockled from uneven contraction over time, with printed area abraded in places. Otherwise a very good copy, minimally used.
Acquired by W. S. Cotter Rare Books from Libriarie Teissedre, March 2022. burnished vellum bookplate to upper pastedown of the Comte Chandon de Briailles. Much of the 20,ooo-volume collection of the Cte Raoul Chandon de Briailles (1850-1908) was deposited in the Médiathèque at Épernay following his decease, and the moiety passed to his heirs Henri and François, who continued to build the collection, which was rich in early MSS, incunabula and 16th-century books, works printed on vellum, oenology, and the history of Épernay. The Nouveau tarif des glaces was likely François's book. Their collection was dispersed in sales administered by Tajan on 25 November 2003, 17 December 2003, 8 April 2004, and 25 October 2004.
Van Praet Vol. III no. 119; Higgs 3413. Not in Kress or Einaudi. Paper copies of the Nouveau tarif du prix des glaces differ somewhat in the prefatory material, and the wording of the imprint on title page.