1644. Paris: Rolet le Duc, 1644.
Two books in one: 8vo, 4 leaves, 164 pp; 1 leaf, [Extraict du Privilege du Roy]; 10 leaves, 717, 71 [Appendix, Table] pp. Contemporary limp vellum with hand lettered label on backstrip. Very early illegible ownership inscription on the rear pastedown. Unfortunate bookplate of A.R.A. Hobson on verso of first title page.
§ Second edition of Naudé's celebrated treatise on library management, "reveuë, corrigée & augmentée" by Naudé himself, a work of the greatest importance in the history of book collecting and libraries, complete with the ‘Extraict du Privilege du Roi’, an unsigned leaf following L2 (p. 164), which is missing from most copies. Together with Jacob's treatise, the first comprehensive account of libraries ancient and modern and including some on which notices can be found nowhere else. (The account of British libraries occupies 65 pages.) Since the Hobson sale only one copy has sold at auction, the Bergé copy of the Naudé only for 12,000 euros. Of the Jacob, Hill notes: As is usual when the two parts are bound together, the title-page to the second part has been excised. Hobson also notes: "Lacks the inserted title to part II as often." Peignot, 33: "la seconde edition est la meilleure". See Breslauer and Folter 53. Tumarkin 1191: "See Balsamo... where Naudé's humanist message is shown to bear the stamp of... Montaigne, Charron, Descartes, and even Giordarno Bruno's Eroicifurori." Item #123825