Paris: Chez J. Techener, Libraire, 1852. Item #421
8vo. 213 x130 mm. (8 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches). [viii], 5 35 pp. Contemporary nineteenth century calf spine over marbled paper boards, gilt spine leather label; some cracking to the joints, but a sound copy.
Important collection of one of France’s most important bibliographical scholars and authors, including over 4,400 items in all fields of history, literature and science. Organized in four parts, Theology and Religion. Science and Arts, Belle Lettres, and History, the collection like the bibliographer himself, concentrated on very rare and little-known books and is considered a reference work by many in the field.
Perhaps Peignot’s most important work was his edition of Répertoire bibliographique universel published in 1812. Breslauer and Folter lists the book and comment, “The first bibliography of bibliographies with critical commentaries, listing selected subject bibliographies and public and private catalogues. It is probably the most useful of many fine bibliographies by this prolific littérateur, some of which are on very esoteric subjects such as his brief list of books on colorec paper.
Breslauer & Folter, Bibiography, Its History and Development, No. 120.