Item 16 - 'Anecdotes typographiques', by Le Brun (Nicolas Contat)

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Crewe MS/16


'Anecdotes typographiques', by Le Brun (Nicolas Contat)


  • late 18th c.? (Creation)

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1 volume (35 x 22 cm), containing 106 leaves. Boards covered in green paper.

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This volume was formerly in the public library of the Académie Nationale des Sciences, Belles-Lettres, et Arts at Bordeaux, the stamp of which is on the title-page (p. iii) and p. 190, and it may be the volume mentioned in the Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France: Départements, xxiii: Bordeaux (1894), p. xl. The armorial bookplate of Robert, Earl of Crewe, is pasted inside the front cover.

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The full title (p. iii) is ‘Anecdotes | Typographiques | Ou l’on voit la de-scription | des coutumes, moeurs et vsages | singuliers des Compagnons imprimeurs | Dediées à Mr. D’Hemery | Pensionnaire du Roy censeur Royal | et inspecteur de la Librairie par | ses très humbles Serviteurs | les Typographes. | (Le Brun) Ancien Prote, | Graveur et Auteur. | A Bruxelles. | Chez Pierre Hardy, A la Verité.’ On the spine is stamped ‘Anecdo sur les Garcon Imprim’, i.e. ‘Anecdotes sur les Garcons Imprimeurs’. For further details see Barber’s edition.

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Paginated i–xiv, 1–198.

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  • French

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Printed in: Nicolas Contat dit Le Brun, Anecdotes typographiques, and Dufresne, La Misère des apprentis imprimeurs, ed. Giles Barber (Oxford Bibliographical Society Publications, new series, vol. xx), 1980.

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