Eighty-five parts (24 or 25 cm), in 70 volumes (nos. 58-85 published as 14 volumes), as issued in the publisher’s printed wrappers. - Unbroken run of the first twenty-three years of Revue française d’histoire du livre
, a journal published under the aegis of the Société des Bibliophiles de Guyenne, a scholarly society founded in 1866. The objective of the Revue
is described in the fourth issue (1972) in the following terms: “The intention of this review is to synthesize the different currents represented in the works of book historians: study of the printed book as an instrument of communication and of its historical functions; technical and economic aspects of production; bibliographical analysis of the constitution of the book with a view to publication and the study of texts; study of mentalities through the printed books of an era; recourse to archives to reconstitute the world of the book and that of its readers; history of taste through the book, its typography, its illustration, and its binding; history of public and private libraries; study of new methods to perform a census of the mass of books published up to our times; history of periodical classifications and the contribution of printed books and their illustrations in the rise of modern sciences.” (publisher’s translation). The current distributor of the journal (Librairie Droz, www.droz.org; link
) can supply some issues 106-137 (2001-2016) only; earlier issues are out-of-print. ISSN 0037-9212. ¶ Tiny stain on wrapper of no. 3; otherwise fresh, entirely unmarked copies.