Saturday, September 26, 2015
Henri Béraldi (1849 – 1931) was a French bibliophile, publisher and author of books on the Pyrenees and on French printmakers of the 19th century.
Father, son and friends
Henri Béraldi was the son of Pierre Louis Béraldi, a senator in the Third Republic between 1876 and 1885. The collection of Henri Béraldi consisted mainly of French illustrated books and books with special bindings, and was considered one of the four most important collections of its type.
Henri Béraldi, with beret
He enjoyed holidays in the spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon in the Pyrenees, and became a noted writer on the range. Pic Béraldi, also known as the Eriste N or the Bagüeñola Norte, is a 3,205m-high peak in the Spanish Province of Huesca named after him.
Béraldi at the Pic du Milieu, 1900
After his death in 1931, his collection (minus a selection of books on the Pyrenees, which was donated to the library of Toulouse) was sold in a five-day auction in 1934–35.