(26 cm), vii, 516 pp., text illustrations, 37 full-page facsimiles. Bound in collector’s morocco-backed boards, top edge gilt. - The standard work, describing about 750 editions printed over 26 years by Simon de Colines (c. 1480-c. 1546). ¶ Very fine copy.
(26.5 cm), xx, 309 pp., with 15 text illustrations, and  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.
Three volumes (27 cm), I: 139 (1) pp. II: xxxviii, 168 (2) pp. III: 126 (1) pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The output of the presses of La Rochelle, in the years when that city was the capital of French Protestantism. Most of this production was clandestine and the authors have made an intensive study of the typographical materials employed by La Rochelle’s printers; very numerous text illustrations substantiate their assignments. ¶ Fine set with minimal traces of use and no marks of ownership.
Thirteen volumes (27 cm), I: 450 pp. II: 450 pp. III: 502 pp. IV: 423 pp. V: 518 pp. VI: 494 pp. VII: 454 pp. VIII: 447 pp. IX: 492 pp. X: 472 pp. XI: 540 pp. XII: 502 pp. XIII: 235 pp. Illustrations (throughout). Uniform publisher’s cloth. - Facsimile of the previous edition (in 12 volumes, Lyon: Librairie ancienne d’Auguste Brun, 1895-1921), which was limited to just 300 sets. The 13th volume of this reprint contains indices prepared by Georges Tricou (1890-1977) and by Henry Joly (1892-1970), previously published at Geneva in 1950-1952 and at Lyon in 1963. ¶ Superior set in new condition.
Paris, Service des travaux historiques de la ville de Paris / Bibliothèque Nationale, 1964-1991
Seven volumes (28 cm), I (1964): lxxi (1), 374 (4) pp., 48 leaves of plates. II (1969): liv (2), 523 (5) pp., 40 leaves of plates. III (1969): xlvi (2), 724 (4) pp., 46 p. of plates. V (1991): xlii (2), 362 (4) pp., including 34 p. of illustrations. [VI] (1982): 113 (15) pp., including 8 p. of plates. [VII] (1984): 238 (18) pp., including 12 p. of plates. [VIII] (1986): xxxiii (3), 522 (4) pp., with text illustrations. Uniform publisher’s green cloth, lettered, original glassine jackets (vols. I-III); publisher’s printed wrappers (vols. V-VIII). - A biographical dictionary of all the members of the Parisian book trade whose names can be discovered, accompanied by a catalogues of the books with which they were associated. “The finished work will be one of the great monuments of bibliography” (from a review by Nicolas Barker of volume I, in The Book Collector, Winter 1965, pp.547-555). Not present here are parts [IV] Fascicule: Binet – Blumenstock (Paris 1986) and [IX] Fascicule: Jean Loys, compiled by Marie-Josèphe Beaud-Gambier and Sylvie Postel-Lecocq (Paris 1995). ¶ Fine copies.
Cambridge, MA, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1964
Two volumes (28 cm), I: xvii (3), 358 pp. II: (6), pp.359-728. Over 1000 text illustrations. Uniform publisher’s cloth, original plain card slipcase. - Annotated descriptions of 557 books with elaborate collations, indexes of artists, printers, publishers, subjects and a chronological index. “Her detailed discussion of authors, texts, translators, editions, printers, illustrations, binders and provenances could not be bettered” (from a review by Arthur Rau, in The Times Literary Supplement, 26 November 1964, p.1096). “The accuracy and comprehensiveness of the entries seem to be the next best thing to absolute” (from a review by J.B. Trapp, in The Book Collector, Winter 1964, pp.510-514). G. Thomas Tanselle, “In Memoriam Ruth Mortimer, 1931-1994” in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, volume 88 (1994), pp.269-278. ¶ Ink annotation in one margin; otherwise a clean copy in superior state of preservation. Slipcase damaged.
(21.5 cm), vi, 511 pp., folding map (plan of Paris under Henri II, 51 × 70 cm) in pocket on inside back cover. Publisher’s red binding. - A biographical directory of members of the Parisian book trade, from the introduction of printing in 1470 until the end of the sixteenth century. Originally published in 1898, it superseded the work of Augustin-Martin Lottin, published more than a century earlier, correcting errors, filling gaps, and extending Lottin’s directory with further names and addresses and family genealogies. Renouard also provided a map of the university quarter and city of Paris, marked with the locations of former publishing houses. This reprint contains much new, supplementary material, gathered by Jeanne Veyrin-Forrer and Brigitte Moreau, and is now the most authoritative source on the topic. Publishers’ retail price €61 (www.droz.org; link). ¶ Excellent copy.
(26 cm), 173 pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The Genevan presses issued during these fifty years some 2500 editions. The original version of this work appeared in Genava, volume 7 (1959), pp.235-394. For addenda and corrigenda of books which belong to the literature of the Italian Reformation, see John A. Tedeschi, “Genevan books of the sixteenth century” in Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, volume 31 (1969), pp.173-180. ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
Folkestone & London, Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1969-1973
Two volumes (28.5 cm), xii, pp.1-344; viii (2) pp, pp. 345-690. Seven fascicules bound as two volumes in maroon buckram, a collector’s binding. - Includes addenda, corrigenda, and indexes (fascicule 7, pp.561-690). ¶ Fine set.
(22 cm), (4) 322 (8) pp., plus 16 leaves of plates. Rebound in red cloth, black skiver lettering-piece (a collector’s binding). - Originally published as Le livre illustré en France au XVIe siècle (Paris 1930). Although the eleven chapters of introduction remain virtually unchanged, the catalogue is vastly expanded, from some 500 to nearly 700 entries, and the total illustrative material has nearly doubled. Reviewed by Arthur Rau, in The Times Literary Supplement, 9 April 1970, p.392. ¶ Excellent copy.
Berkeley & Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1969
(28.5 cm), xix, 451 pp., 16 plates and 26 text illustrations (1 in colour). Publisher’s boards, pictorial dust jacket. - The “Bibliographical catalogue” contains a listing of 174 song-books, sacred and profane, dance tunes, and tablature for strings, printed by Pierre Attaignant between 1525 (a Nyon breviary; the earliest of his surviving music-books, Chansons nouvelles, appeared in 1528) and 1550. There is a discussion of the methods and economics of music-publishing in the sixteenth century, with accounts of Attaignant’s predecessors, contemporaries, and successors. ¶ Excellent copy.
Three volumes (26 cm), I: (6) 327 (1) pp. II: (4) 548 pp. III: (4) 529 (1) pp., text illustrations. Uniform publisher’s green cloth. - Undated facsimile reprint of Paris 1908 edition. ¶ Virtually as new (two volumes retain publisher’s plain glassine jacket).
(22 cm), xix, 584 pp., 16 pp. (”Note sur Laurent Coster, à l’occasion d’un ancien livre imprimé dans les Pays-Bas”),  folded plate (family tree). Publisher’s green cloth. - Still the standard bibliography of the Estienne family of printers. Facsimile reprint of the best edition (Paris 1843). ¶ Excellent copy.
Paris (vols. III-IV: Abbeville), Imprimerie Municipale (vols. III-IV: F. Paillart; vol. V: Musées), 1972-2004
Five volumes (24-25 cm), I (Imprints 1501-1510, 1972): 425 pp. II (Imprints 1511-1520, 1977): 701 pp. III (Imprints 1521-1530, 1985): 681 pp. IV (Imprints 1531-1535, 1992): 471 (5) pp. V (Imprints 1536-1540, 2005): 605 pp. Volumes I-II uniformly bound in collector’s green quarter-morocco, top edges gilt, volume III in publisher’s green cloth, volumes IV-V in publisher’s printed wrappers. - All volumes published to date of an inventory of Parisian sixteenth-century book production, based on the researches of Philippe Renouard (1862-1934), edited (vols. I-IV) by Brigitte Moreau (1930-1994), assisted (vol. III) by Annie Laskowski, and edited latterly (vol. V) by Geneviève Guilleminot-Chrétien. The detailed entries include a listing of all known copies (abbreviations are given for over 130 libraries in France and over 400 in other countries). Each volume has two indexes: one of authors, editors, translators, etc.; the other of printers and publishers, including co-publishers from towns elsewhere. ¶ Excellent set.
[Coventry], [University of Warwick / the Author], 1976
Two volumes (28 cm), I: xi, 265 pp. II: xvii, 347, lxi leaves. Quarter-cloth, wrappers. - Photocopy (from microfilm) of the author’s unpublished Ph.D. thesis (Department of French Studies, University of Warwick, 1976). Other copies of the thesis are in the British Library (Document Supply, D018785) and in the Réserve of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. ¶ Good copy.
Five volumes (25.5 cm), I (Abbadie – G. Bouchet): (6) 953 pp. II (J. Bouchet – Diderot): (6) 978 pp. III (Dorat – La Mothe le Vayer): (6) 986 pp. IV (La Péruse – Montreux): (6) 958 pp. V (Morellet – Voiture): (6) 999 pp. Profusely illustrated throughout. Uniform publisher’s olive green cloth, original Mylar protective jackets; original plain card slipcases. - Facsimile reproduction of the heavily annotated copy of the previous edition (in 10 volumes, published Paris 1927-1933) created by the doyen of the Parisian antiquarian book-trade Lucien Scheler (1902-1999). The author, Avenir Tchemerzine (Shamyrze), a Circassian Prince, arrived in Paris at the time of the Revolution; he is the father of the grande dame of French classical ballet, Ludmila Tchérina (1924-2004), and seems to have no other book to his credit. The bibliography claims to provide reproductions of over 6000 title-pages from works by 120 major French authors; the authors are listed alphabetically, their works appear in chronological order. Scheler’s manuscript notes mostly correct transcriptions or pagination statements, or record other editions. ¶ As new.