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 (an edition of this MS), and Dufresne, La Misère des apprentis imprimeurs, ed. Giles Barber (Oxford Bibliographical Society Publications, new series, vol. xx), 1980.

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