Nicolas Rauch SA (Geneva)
[New series, numbered: 9] Modes et costumes de la bibliothèque Louis Becker (catalogue of an auction sale conducted 30 November 1954)
Geneva, Nicolas Rauch, 1954
(28 cm), 62 pp., 20 plates, illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - “London dealers will remember Louis Becker, a colourful personality who often visited them in the 1920s and, after driving a hard bargain, was delighted to carry away defective sets or volumes and odd plates which, irrespective of size and condition, assisted him toward completion. It was his own connexion with the garment trade rather than a feeling for books that stimulated him, and the huge library which he assembled in Paris was not distinguished for condition; thus high prices could not nowadays be expected for these books nor were they, in fact, realized” (from an anonymous report of the sale, in The Times Literary Supplement, 25 March 1955, p.188). An “importante bibliothèque sur les modes et costumes” (F. Lugt, Les Marques de collections de dessins et d’estampes, The Hague 1921-1956, no. 4234).