MARQUES DES IMPRIMEURES ET LIBRAIRES EN FRANCE AU XVÈ SIÈCLE.

(Paris: E. Droz, 1926). 285 x 222 mm. (11 1/8 x 9"). VIII, 207 pp., [2] leaves (prospectus). ONE OF 900 COPIES.

Excellent blue half morocco over marbled boards by A. Taffin (signed on verso of front free endpaper), raised bands, gilt titling, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Original paper wrappers bound in. With reproductions of 203 15th century printers' marks. A hint of wear to front joint and extremities, but A VERY FINE COPY, quite clean, fresh, and bright internally, in a sound binding.

This is a lovely copy of a very useful guide to the printers' marks of the incunabular presses in France, organized by city. The Francophone city-states of Lausanne and Geneva are also included. Marie-Louis Polain (1866-1933) was a Belgian bibliographer who worked most of his life in Paris, where he contributed to important catalogues of incunabula, including completing volumes 4-26 of Pellechet, after that scholar's death . The fine paper, excellent printing, and attractive binding here make this an especially luxurious reference work.
(CBJ1807)