Paris: Librairie Thomas-Scheler, 1994 (Avril). First Edition. Folio. 50 items described and illustrated. Original wrappers. Price-list loosely inserted as issued. Very good. Item #3170
An extraordinary catalogue of 50 incunables which includes many great rarities, i.a. the first edition of Homer in Greek (Florence, 1488 -- Doheny copy). The price-list has been annotated by B.H. Breslauer: the published prices total FF 5,743,000 -- not including 9 items Prix Sur Demande which he estimated to be ca. FF 4,500,000 -- and thus the entire catalogue amounts to more than FF 10,000,000 (an impressive sum in 1994). We have seen other instances whereby B.H. Breslauer added up all the asking prices in a single bookseller's catalogue, not only as a pastime but as an expression of his intense competition, even though he had few rivals.
¶ From the famed Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana (sale at Christie's NY, 2005, lot 1275).