n.p. n.p., c.1850. Hardcover. A French and Latin dos-à-dos notebook recording the business activities of a Belgian publisher or printer c. 1850. One side of the notebook's entries are dated from 1851-1869 while the other side has entries and notations ranging from 1689-1873. Many European towns are mentioned, such as "Tournay" (Tournai in Belgium or "Tournay" in France?) and Charleroy - as well as the Belgian College in Rome and Posen, a city in Poland. There is also a large checklist of customer [patrons?] names, which contains the surname "Desclée" (a famous Belgian publisher), various Counts and Barons and letters addressed to a person with the title "Doyen" (Dean) ; a series of liturgical decrees and perhaps, some models for form letters, as well as materials for an instruction book for priests and some kind of annual directory. Tables with various mathematical calculations are also found within. Cloth backed marbled paper over boards, narrow 16mo (6-1/2 inches tall), unpaginated w. some blanks and one oversized fold-out leaf pasted-in. It seems that the notebook was arranged and used in four sections. 1. Customer names, titles and addresses categorized by city [in French] 2. Sales and Bookkeeping info. [in French] 3. Letters written to/from/by various clergy of the day [in French] i.e. the author writes to deans, the archbishop of Poznan and Gniezno - Mieczys aw Halka-Ledóchowski - with his address, the Belgian College in Rome, etc. All together, a total of 84 pages in French written in ink with a smattering of pencil. 4. Latin phrases written in ink - 64 pages. Volume well worn with back strip lacking and paper edges of covers worn off, closure tie mostly perished, one leaf free but present, rfep partially attached to rear pastedown, minor spotting to eps. Good. Item #3359
An intriguing source document - seemingly from a European publishing house and worthy of further and more specialized academic research.
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