21 March 2005
FOURNIER, Pierre-Simon (called Fournier le Jeune, 1712-68). Traités historiques et critiques, sur l'origine et les progrès de l'imprimerie. Paris: J. Barbou [for Fournier, 1764].
8o (198 x 130 mm), 5 works in one volume. ORIGINAL BINDING OF PRINTED PAPER WRAPPERS, sides and spine decorated with fleurons, rules and other typographical ornaments designed and cast by the author, edges uncut. Folding box.
Collective, second issue of the sheets of the FIRST EDITIONS of four works by Fournier on the origins of typography. They originally appeared in 1758-61, to which Barbou has added for this collection a brief new tract by Fournier, Lettre à M. Fréron, au sujet de l'Edition d'une Bible annoncée pour être la première production de l'Imprimerie. The publisher has also supplied a collective title and a table of contents. The titles are: Dissertation sur l'origine et les progrès de l'art de graver en bois (1758); De l'origine et des productions de l'imprimerie primitive en taille de bois (1759); Observations sur un ouvrage intitulé Vindiciae Typographicae (1760); Remarques sur un ouvrage intitulé Lettre sur l'origine de l'imprimerie (1761). Fournier wrongly disputes G.-F. Debure's dating of the Gutenberg Bible, but is apparently the first (with the help of an observation of Gerard Meerman's) to note the gradual increase of the number of lines per page in the early stages of the Bible's production.
The typographical ornaments employed on the publisher's wrappers of this copy are found in Fournier's type-specimen book, the second volume of his Manuel typographique (1766). BBB Wittockiana 10 lists their numbers. Bigmore and Wyman I, 228.
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