22 - 23 March 2005
FRANKFURT BOOKFAIR -- Georg WILLER. Catalogue Novus Nundinarum autumnnalium, Francofurti ad Moenum anno M.DCIII librorum in lucem prodierunt ... Verzeichnuss fast aller neuwer Bücher, welche seythero der verschienen Fastenmess, biss auff gegenwertige Herbstmess in offentlichem Truck aussgangen. Augsburg: David Francken, 1603.
4o (186 x 145 mm). Disbound.
Books published between Shrovetide and the Autumn fair 1603. Beginning in 1564, Georg Willer, a bookseller in Augsburg, published a biannual catalogue of about 20 pages containing newly published books which were available at the spring and the autumn trade fair in Frankfurt. This new publication was revolutionary in the book trade, since current book production could be made known to a large number of potential purchasers. By the time Thomas Coryate visited the Frankfurt fair in September 1608, he could marvel at "such infinite abundance of books" that Frankfurt "far excelleth Paul's Churchyard in London, Saint James street in Paris, the Meceria of Venice, and all whatsoever else that I saw in my travels".
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