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Roberts, W. (William), 1862-1940. & Uzanne, Octave, 1852-1931. [Preface By Augustine Birrell]
The Book-Hunter in London : Historical and other Studies of Collectors and Collecting. ; The Book-Hunter in Paris : Studies among the Bookstalls and the Quays. [bookhunter]
London : Elliot Stock, 1895 ; 1893., 1895. Fine. [1st edition], 334 pp. (The Book-Hunter in London) ; [1st English edition], xxv, 232 pp. 31 cm. (The Book-Hunter in Paris) ; both volumes heavily illustrated ; OCLC: 317856824 ; OCLC: 256180 ; FINE copies of each of the two most important historical surveys of books, booksellers and book-collectors in London and Paris, both in the rare large-paper editions, uniformly bound by Tolbert in half-leather and marbled papers in brown, yellow and gold ; original, untrimmed edges preserved ; the origin al black and red prospectus for The Book-Hunter in Paris bound in ; the original publisher's boards included ; quoting from The Book-Hunter in Paris : "...these vocal days, when there are books about almost everything under the sun, no one need wond er that so quaint a fraternity as the stall-keepers on the quays of the Seine should have a volume all to themselves. They have a place in French history, these men; their trade, which by the beginning of the seventeenth century had learnt to cluster round the Pont Neuf, has traveled through vicissitudes peculiar to itself, and survived revolutions destructive of interests vaster than its own; these humble vendors of old books have been proclaimed as nuisances, obstructing the highway, denounced as receivers of stolen goods, and informed against as cheapeners of the well-housed stock of the authorized booksellers who kept shop, and paid rent, rates, and taxes. M. Uzanne makes us acquainted with the precise terms of royal edicts and decrees leveled at the heads of these open-air traders, who, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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