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Armstrong (Elizabeth), 1917-2001

Robert Estienne, royal printer : an historical study of the Elder Stephanus

Cambridge, University Press, 1954
(26.5 cm), xx, 309 pp., with 15 text illustrations, and [8] leaves of plates. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - Although essentially a biographical study of the printer-publisher, situating him in contemporary intellectual currents and religious controversy, many details are provided concerning specific editions (useful to booksellers), and matters of typography, especially the introduction and use of the Royal Greek types. First edition, a revision of the author’s thesis “The press of Robert Estienne, 1526-1550: an historical study” (Sommerville College, Oxford, 1949). In the second edition (a reduced-size facsimile; Sutton Courtenay Press, 1986) Appendices A and B, containing respectively the official correspondence with the Paris Faculty of Theology and the correspondence of the City of Geneva with Basel and Zurich relating to Barbier and Estienne, are omitted. ¶ Dust jacket chipped and torn, with tiny losses; otherwise an excellent, unmarked copy.
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