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Essai sur l'Almanach général d'Indication - [ROZE DE CHANTOISEAU] - 1672. [1271502]
Engraved allegorical frontis. [414] pp. 8vo, cont. red morocco with the arms of Nicolas Joseph Terrier, Marquis de Mailleroncourt of the Franche-Comté (Olivier 1672, variant of fers 1 & 2), triple gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, spine finely gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: la Veuve Duchesne, 1769. First edition, in a superb armorial binding, of this scarce commercial almanac; it is an invaluable document giving the names, addresses, and specialties of many dozens of professions in and outside of Paris plus much other detailed information regarding daily life in the city and in the country. The copy contains the supplement of 168 unnumbered pages with further details. We offer just a few of the professions for which the author gives detailed information: architects, armorers, firework makers, gold-beaters, lumber dealers, hosiers, butchers, cork dealers, harness-makers, brewers, embroiderers, brush-makers, belt-makers, candle-makers, pork butchers, carpenters, coppersmiths, nail-makers, rope-makers, cutlery-makers, dancing masters, gilders, drapers, public scriveners, enamelers, sculptors, grocers, fan-makers, clock- and watch-makers, cart- and wagon-makers, midwives, makers of inlaid furniture, printers, booksellers, bookbinders, hoteliers, musical instrument makers, opticians, engravers, dyers, wine merchants, vinegar dealers, etc., etc. The depth of information is wonderful: one learns how much it cost to stay in a wide variety of hotels per month, the surcharge for meals included (with a further surcharge for room service), etc. The finely engraved frontispiece, designed by C.P. Marillier and engraved by J.P. Lebert, depicts the protector and director general of the arts and manufacturers of France, distributing prizes to the most celebrated artists of the time. Fine and handsome copy. Old Jesuit stamps at foot of frontispiece and on title. ? Grand-Carteret, Les Almanachs français, 413-(& see for the entire extended note)-"Bottin très précieux, admirablement imprimé, sous forme de tableau, le texte de chaque page étant dans un cadre, divisé en plusieurs colonnes, avec titre…Ces rensignements font de ce livre un guide absolument unique à travers le Paris de 1769…Cet almanach contient encore des notices faisant connaître l'organisation de chaque communauté d'arts et métiers, une liste alphabétique des rues de Paris, les voitures publiques pour la France et l'étranger, le départ et l'arrivée des courriers, les foires les plus considérables, et il se termine par des remèdes et spécialités qui nous font pénétrer dans le secret des inventions du jour. Contre la fièvre, contre le scorbut, contre les migraines, contre le teigne, contre les vapeurs des femmes.".
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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