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THOMAS KING, auctioneer
[Sale catalogues. 1803:12:19--22]
A catalogue of the genuine library of books, comprising a collection of the best French authors, chiefly in elegant bindings; ... the property of Monsieur M. Peltier, removed for the convenience of sale, from his dwelling house, No. 14, Piccadilly. Which will be sold by auction, by Mr. King, at his Great Room, King-Street, Covent-Garden, on Monday, December 19, 1803, and two following days, ...
[London]: printed by Barker and Son, [1803].
27, [1] p. ; 22.4 cm. (4°)

The name M. Peltier on the title-page has been corrected in ink 'M' with J. He is presumably Jean-Gabriel Peltier (1760--1825), the author of lot 693 on p. 26 Tableau de l'Europe, 2 tom., [1793], resident in London since 1792 and defendant in a libel trial brought by Napoleon Buonaparte when First Consul at the King's Bench in February 1803 (just prior to the resumption of war at which point the case collapsed). There is an extensive entry for him in the Biographical dictionary of the living authors of Great Britain and Ireland, ..., 1816 (q.v.).

Copy Notes Bound (3) in a collection of miscellaneous catalogues. Several annotations and markings in ink: against lot 152: Essai sur l'Amour, 1802: Sir F.B.; against 155: Les Nouveaux Savans de Societé: The party; against 181: Pensees Chretiennes, 6 tom., 1801: recd[?] to Mr Copley / for his co[mm?]ent; against article 336: Les Liasons [sic] Dangereuses, 4 tom., 1792: Sir F.B. / vide Minutes / of R.A. May 24 / above all attend / to this lot!. Soane is referring to the meeting of the Council of the Royal Academy on 24 May when he, John Singleton Copley, James Wyatt, John Yenn and Sir Francis Bourgeois supported a resolution put by Copley which earned them their temporary suspension from the Council (the 'Five Suspended Members' referred to in the Concise vindication, 1804, q.v., discussed by Watkin, Soane, pp. 68--71. That these shards appear at this date (19 December 1803) reflects Soane's reaction to the re-admittance of the Five at this time following the appeal to the King (Darley, Soane, p. 170).

Binding C19th black bubble-grained binder's cloth, gilt-lettered spine, numbered '82' in a series of sale catalogue volumes. (Previously numbered '50'.)

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