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Two unrecorded incunables: Rouen, circa 1497, and Lyons, circa 1500

1993

Abstract

FOR a number of years, I have been re-examining the British Library's books printed in France between 1501 and 1520 for a typographical catalogue of the Library's French post-incunables. This catalogue is a revision of the unpublished manuscript of Col. Frank Isaac's Index to the British [Museum] Library's books printed in France between 1501 and 1520 which remained incomplete at his death in 1943. The Indexes of books printed between 1501 and 1520 were started by Robert Proctor, who published the volume for Germany in 1903 as an outgrowth from his incunable catalogue, and were continued by Isaac for Italy (published in 1938) and for France (unpublished). As with the incunable catalogues, these Indexes are arranged according to Proctor's methodology- by place of printing, then by printer, and for each printer the books are hosted in chronological order. The main function of the work is to attribute unsigned books to their printer when possible and to order the production of each workshop chronologically, assigning dates where necessary. As with the incunable catalogues, a large part of this task involves the identification and classification of each printer's typographical material. I have tried to extend this aspect of the work, so that the finished catalogue should present important new evidence on the supply of type in France in the early sixteenth century and on its use in the printing-houses of the time.

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