Premier volume de la bibliothèque du sieur de la Croix Du Maine.
The first edition of the first French national bibliography and literary biography. François Grudé (1552–1592) at an early age began gathering a large personal collection of books in French, Greek, Latin, Spanish and Italian. Grudé issued a prospectus for a detailed catalogue of his library, but it aroused little interest, and he eventually published this Premier volume on his own. Two additional volumes were planned, but neither appeared: at age forty Grudé was assassinated for suspected Protestant sympathies.
Gift of Harrison D. Horblit.