La bibliothèque de feu Édouard Rahir, première partie : Livres anciens du XVe au XIXe siècle : riches reliures anciennes, la plupart de provenances royales, personnages et amateurs célèbres : Quelques livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle dans leur reliure ancienne en maroquin § Deuxième partie : Livres anciens illustrés des XVe et XVIe siècles : Livres d’heures : Riches reliures anciennes et modernes § Troisième partie : Livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle : Riches reliures anciennes § Quatrième partie : Livres armoriés des XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles : Riches reliures anciennes § Cinquième partie : Livres anciens des XVe, XVIe et XVIIe siècles : Belles reliures anciennes § Sixième et dernière partie : Livres anciens et modernes : Riches reliures anciennes et modernes (catalogues for auction sales conducted by Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil, with the expertise of Francisque Lefrançois, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 7 May 1930-4 May 1938) View larger
  • Illustrated (bottom right) is the Beckford-Montgermont-Rahir copy of the 1502 Aldine Sophocles, bound by Andrea di Lorenzo (the Mendoza Binder). The volume subsequently was in the Belin collection (sale Paris, 19 February 1936, lot 118)
Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil (Paris)

La bibliothèque de feu Édouard Rahir, première partie : Livres anciens du XVe au XIXe siècle : riches reliures anciennes, la plupart de provenances royales, personnages et amateurs célèbres : Quelques livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle dans leur reliure ancienne en maroquin § Deuxième partie : Livres anciens illustrés des XVe et XVIe siècles : Livres d’heures : Riches reliures anciennes et modernes § Troisième partie : Livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle : Riches reliures anciennes § Quatrième partie : Livres armoriés des XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles : Riches reliures anciennes § Cinquième partie : Livres anciens des XVe, XVIe et XVIIe siècles : Belles reliures anciennes § Sixième et dernière partie : Livres anciens et modernes : Riches reliures anciennes et modernes (catalogues for auction sales conducted by Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil, with the expertise of Francisque Lefrançois, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 7 May 1930-4 May 1938)

Paris, F. Lefrançois, 1930-1938
Six parts, bound in two volumes (28.5 cm), I (7-9 May 1930): (4) ix (1), 64 (2) pp., portrait-frontispiece, [59] leaves of plates (some double-page). Lots numbered 1-250. II (6-8 May 1931): (4) 183 (1) pp., [66] leaves of plates (some double-page). Lots numbered 251-705. III (7-9 May 1935): vi, 60 (2) pp., colour frontispiece, [32] leaves of plates (some in colour, some double-page). Lots numbered 706-947. IV (5-7 May 1936): (4) 60 (2) pp., colour frontispiece, [20] leaves of plates (some in colour). Lots numbered 948-1204. V (19-21 May 1937): (4) 155 (3) pp., colour frontispiece, [9] leaves of plates (one in colour), text illustrations (some red & black). Lots numbered 1205-1611. VI (4-6 May 1938): (4) 113 (3) pp., colour frontispiece, [27] leaves of plates (some in colour, some folding), text illustrations. Lots numbered 1612-2091. Uniformly bound in two volumes (vol. 1: parts I-II; vol. 2: parts III-VI) in collector’s modern half-morocco (original wrappers discarded). - The posthumous sales of the private library of the great bookseller Édouard Rahir. Rahir had been apprenticed, aged sixteen, at Morgand and Fatout, and after Morgand’s death in 1898 he carried on the business, as “Édouard Rahir et Cie”, supported by the Rothschild bank (Rahir had paid out the Rothschilds by 1903). Rahir’s stock at the time of his retirement was sold anonymously in 1927-1929, and on 7 May 1930 began the series of six sales of his personal library, as “La Bibliothèque de feu Édouard Rahir, ancien libraire”, as Rahir had mandated, “for he had no respect for the retired bookseller who tends to forget that he has ever been in trade” (Arthur Rau, “Édouard Rahir 1862-1924” in The Book Collector, Summer 1967, pp.169-177). ¶ Fine, well-presented set.
Subjects
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1930
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1930-1938
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1931
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1935
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1936
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1937
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1938
Bookbinding - Collections, France - Rahir (Édouard), 1862-1924
Authors/Creators
Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil (Paris)
Owners
Rahir, Édouard, 1862-1924
Auction date
19300507
19310506
19350507
19360505
19370519
19380504
  • This collection contains

  • Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil (Paris)

    La bibliothèque de feu Édouard Rahir : Première partie : Livres anciens du XVe au XIXe siècle : riches reliures anciennes, la plupart de provenances royales, personnages et amateurs célèbres : Quelques livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle dans leur reliure ancienne en maroquin (catalogue for an auction conducted by Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil, with the expertise of Francisque Lefrançois, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 7 May 1930)

    Paris, F. Lefrançois, 1930
    (28 cm), (4) ix (1), 64 (2) pp., portrait-frontispiece, [59] leaves of plates (some double-page). Lots numbered 1-250. - Contains a memoir of Rahir by Louis Barthou (1862-1934), a member of the French Academy, who had known the collector for more than forty years. The 250 lots realised 12,735,000 francs (£101,880); the highest price of the sale (440,000 francs; £3666) was paid by E.P. Goldschmidt for the Guyot de Villeneuve-Lebeuf de Montgermont Sammelband of works by Dürer (lot 82). Other high prices were 410,000 francs (£3280), paid for a copy of Watteau’s Oeuvres comprising 622 plates (not counting titles and prefaces); and 365,000 francs (£2920), paid for a copy of Voltaire’s La Pucelle d’Orléans (1774) containing the twenty drawings executed by Gravelot for the 1762 edition (lot 245). ¶ Priced in ink. List of Prices realised loosely inserted (extracted from an unidentified publication).
  • Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil (Paris)

    La bibliothèque de feu Édouard Rahir : Deuxième partie : Livres anciens illustrés des XVe et XVIe siècles : Livres d’heures : Riches reliures anciennes et modernes (catalogue for an auction conducted by Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil, with the expertise of Francisque Lefrançois, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 6-8 May 1931)

    Paris, F. Lefrançois, 1931
    (28.5 cm), (4) 183 (1) pp., [66] leaves of plates (some double-page). Lots numbered 251-705. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil (Paris)

    La bibliothèque de feu Édouard Rahir : Troisième partie : Livres illustrés du XVIIIe siècle : Riches reliures anciennes (catalogue for an auction conducted by Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil, with the expertise of Francisque Lefrançois, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 7-9 May 1935)

    Paris, F. Lefrançois, 1935
    (28.5 cm), vi, 60 (2) pp., colour frontispiece, [32] leaves of plates (some in colour, some double-page). Lots numbered 706-947. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil (Paris)

    La bibliothèque de feu Édouard Rahir : Quatrième partie : Livres armoriés des XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles : Riches reliures anciennes (catalogue for an auction conducted by Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil, with the expertise of Francisque Lefrançois, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 5-7 May 1936)

    Paris, F. Lefrançois, 1936
    (28.5 cm), (4) 60 (2) pp., colour frontispiece, [20] leaves of plates (some in colour). Lots numbered 948-1204. - Contains an index of provenance for the previous catalogues. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil (Paris)

    La bibliothèque de feu Édouard Rahir : Cinquième partie : Livres anciens des XVe, XVIe et XVIIe siècles : Belles reliures anciennes (catalogue for an auction conducted by Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil, with the expertise of Francisque Lefrançois, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 19-21 May 1937)

    Paris, F. Lefrançois, 1937
    (28.5 cm), (4) 155 (3) pp., colour frontispiece, [9] leaves of plates (one in colour), text illustrations (some red & black). Lots numbered 1205-1611. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil (Paris)

    La bibliothèque de feu Édouard Rahir : Sixième et dernière partie : Livres anciens et modernes : Riches reliures anciennes et modernes (catalogue for an auction conducted by Étienne Ader, Henri Baudoin & F. Lair-Dubreuil, with the expertise of Francisque Lefrançois, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 4-6 May 1938)

    Paris, F. Lefrançois, 1938
    (28.5 cm), (4) 113 (3) pp., colour frontispiece, [27] leaves of plates (some in colour, some folding), text illustrations. Lots numbered 1612-2091. ¶ Unmarked copy.
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