Only edition of the auction catalogue of the library of Philippe de la Coste, Canon of Paris and Doctor of the Sorbonne. The sale, which began the 7th of January, 1723, largely comprised a remarkable variety of theological texts, but a good third of the offerings were on canon and civil law, science, history, and humanism. Two years following the La Coste sale, Gabriel Martin would publish the catalogue of the justifiably famous library of Charles-Jerôme de Cisternay du Fay, whose title page would bear a metalcut of an erudite putto examining four previous book auction catalogues, one of which is La Coste's—attesting to both the importance of the canon's sale and Martin's growing influence in this niche of the publishing market. La Coste stipulated in his will (and in the au lecteur to his catalogue), that all proceeds of the sale—which realized 25,105 l., according to Bléchet—were to benefit the pauvres of Paris.
Paris: Gabriel Martin, 1722.
Octavo, 171 x 105 x 29 mm (binding), 167 x 102 x 25 mm (text block). π1, ã6, A-2E6, F4. , viii, 344 pp. Bound in contemporary calf, spine gilt, restorations to extremities, pastedowns renewed, free ends mended. Interior: Title soiled with old mends to verso, minor pale damp to gathering A, worm track to tail margin to last 24 leaves, mostly in white area but affecting text on 13 pages. The worming in about half of the leaves has been infilled; the remainder unrestored. A working copy, priced accordingly.
North 21, Bléchet p. 74, Peignot p. 91.