Paris: Chez Jules Renouard, 1834. xvi,582,,lxviii,pp. Large, thick octavo. Original drab wrappers, printed spine label, edges untrimmed. Two portraits. Three plates (one folding) and five folding facsimiles. Upper wrapper detached, with chipping along joints, single closed crack in spine, wrappers a bit darkened, offset from first portrait to title, otherwise an unusually nice copy in original state. Item #WRCLIT64065
Third and best edition of the primary early history of the Manutius family and its Aldine imprints (1494-1598). The first edition appeared in three volumes over 1803 - 1812 and remained for the duration of the 19th century the essential guide to the press, its authors and editors. Bound at the rear, as issued, is the separately paginated "Notice sur la Famille des Junte, et liste sommaire de leurs éditions jusqu'en 1550." There were also thirty-two copies on large paper. Copies in this condition of the regular paper issue, which consisted of 350 copies, are not common. "Its third edition ... has remained the standard bibliography on its subject and is a model of its kind" - Breslauer & Folter. BRESLAUER & FOLTER 115. VICAIRE VI:1060-1. BRUNET 31237.