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Nisard, [Marie-Léonard] Charles.
Histoire des livres populaires ou de la littérature du colportage depuis le XVe siècle jusqu'à l'établissement de la Commission d'examen des livres du colportage (30 novembre 1852).
Librairie d'Amyot (Imprimerie D. Jouaust & Ch. Lahure), 1854. First edition of this important study of the chapbooks and tracts (both secular and religious) peddled by itinerant sellers in France: the first comprehensive, systematic work published on the subject. Nisard was a member of the titular government committee charged with licensing (and censoring) the literature sold by colporteurs, putting him in an excellent position to collect and document a great deal of otherwise ephemeral printed material -- much of which he considered pernicious in influence. Covered in these two substantial volumes are almanacs, occult pamphlets, catechisms, biographies, sermons, letters, primers, religious polemics, romances, etc. The text is => decorated with over 100 illustrations reproducing woodcuts from tracts described, many mounted and some full-page, including a number of danses macabres.
Vendeur: PRB&M/SessaBks (Philadelphia Rare Books & MSS Co.) [U.S.A.]
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