Paris: Adolphe Labitte, 1879. 8vo. 255 x 170 mm. (10 x 6 1/2 inches). iv, 260,  pp. Contemporary marbled boards, blue cloth spine; lower hinge cracked and repaired.
Scarce catalogue of the art library formed by the noted collector, curator of prints and drawings at the Louvre and the Director of the Musées Nationaux de France during the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The catalogue consists of 2315 lots and is strictly devoted to the history of art, art catalogues, exhibitions catalogues, and collection catalogues and is fully annotated with prices and notations by someone who knew the collection very well and attended the auction.
The notes are for the most part in pencil in a legible hand and are written by an extremely knowledgeable art historian. Some of the notes suggest this was Reiset's copy, but there is no evidence to confirm this possibility. The annotations include a complete list of references consulted by the annotator and clipped catalogue descriptions from other sources. This copy of the sale catalogue is a treasure house of information that amplifies the catalogue descriptions and the importance of the collection formed by Reiset. (268). Item #268