Bibliotheca rarissima, seu, Collectio amplissima in qua omnium fere librorum in quavis facultate ac lingâu rariorum rarissimorum que ab artis inventae origine ad annum presentum ...

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Creator

Guillaume-François De Bure

Title

Bibliotheca rarissima, seu, Collectio amplissima in qua omnium fere librorum in quavis facultate ac lingâu rariorum rarissimorum que ab artis inventae origine ad annum presentum ...

Date

1750

Coverage

Paris

Description

Autograph manuscript of Guillaume-François De Bure’s bibliographic rarity, the Musaeum  typographicum (1755). The manuscript was written five years before the printed work, and a comparison between the two reveals many differences, both in the contents and length of entries.   

A second manuscript copy was also made, which De Bure gave to his friend and fellow bibliophile, Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768). The Grolier Club copy remained in the author’s possession to serve as an exemplar for the printed edition. 

Source

Purchased in 2011 with the generous support of the Bernard H.Breslauer Foundation.