London: Catalogues to be had at the Place of Sale; of W. and D. Laing, and W. Tait, Edinburgh; M. Ogle, Glasgow; and Milliken and Son, Dublin, 1829.
vi p., 1 l., 164 p. folding frontispiece and 5 other plates. 650 priced items. Printed by Ibotson and Palmer, printers, Savoy Street, Strand. 8vo. The first illustrated Bookseller's Catalogue. Bound in modern tree calf, gilt spine. Former library stamp to verso of the title. Very Fine Item #265324
Although earlier auction and bookseller's catalogues contained images, typically with a portrait of the collector or the dealer, Cochran's is the first to depict items offered for sale. The collection of manuscripts described here, dating from the 12th through the 18th century, was brought together by Cochran from libraries and collections across Europe and England, and span seven centuries. The line engravings illustrate some of the most valuable items offered in the catalogue, including the frontispiece, which depicts a painting prefixed to item 193, “A Series of Ducal Credentials and Instructions…” a sixteenth-century manuscript from Venice--the bookseller offers the copperplate used to render the engraving to the purchaser, if desired. Item 73, “a magnificent manuscript on vellum, executed expressly, in 1475… for the Duchess of Burgundy” is illustrated with a scene of Aubert the Scribe presenting his book to the Duke of Burgundy. Also illustrated are item 353, a fifteenth century manuscript of a French Romance in verse; item 354, a manuscript (1525) for the Duchess of Vendôme; and item 324, depicting a scene from Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy from a fifteenth century illuminated manuscript. The descriptions of the 650 lots are finely detailed and well contextualized. Among the few printed items described in the catalog, the “Biblia Pauperum” (item 505) stands out; one of only two copies known, Cochran tells us with unveiled pride that the copy herein described was acquired at a Paris auction some four years prior, where he outbid the Bibliothèque Royale. He closes his description thus “It only remains to know in which Library in this country a volume of such interest and rarity will find a place.”
An important landmark documenting the history of the book trade.
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