Historia typographorum aliquot Parisiensium vitas et libros complectens.

London, William Bowyer for Christopher Bateman, 1717.

2 parts in one vol., 8vo, pp. xvi, [4], 160; [8], 95, 2 printed leaves, 99-160, [2], with 2 engraved plates of printer’s devices; a fine copy bound in English speckled calf, double gilt fillet on covers, gilt spine with red morocco label, red speckled edges. From the library of the Earls of Macclesfield with their engraved bookplate, Shirburn castle blindstamp to first leaf.


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First edition of the earliest historical and bibliographical monograph on 16th century Parisian typography. It was elegantly printed by William Bowyer for Bateman in an edition of 250 copies on ordinary paper and 24 copies on Royal paper (see Maslen and Lancaster, Bowyer ledgers, 407). It was dedicated to Philippe d’Orléans, the regent.

The first part consists of biographies of Paris printers including Simon de Colines, Michel Vascosan, Guillaume Morel, Adrien Turnèbe, Frédéric Morel (and several other members of the Morel dynasty) and Jean Bienné. The second part contains bibliographical lists of the books produced by these printers. It ends with a classified catalogue of these books arranged by subject.

Bigmore & Wyman, II, p. 14; Peignot, p. 363 (‘Ouvrage recherché et assez rare maintenant’)

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