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BARBIER, Guillaume, printer

Recueil des priviléges , authoritez, pouvoirs, franchises et exemptions des prévost des marchands, eschevins et habitans de la ville de Lyon, avec les arrests de vérification d'iceux

Lyon: par Guillaume Barbier, imprimeur ordinaire du Roy, 1649
4to: § – 5§4 §2 A–2T4 2t4 2V–4B4 4c–4d4 24c2, 320 leaves, pp. [6] xxix [9] 1–336, ‘333’, i–vi, ‘332’ 337–584 [4]. Woodcut device on title, woodcut initials.
Condition: 239 x 172mm. Some spotting and the majority of gatherings browned, some heavily, although other gatherings, presumably from a different batch of paper, are completely unaffected.
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt spine, red sprinkled edges. Corners and spine worn, headcap chipped, top compartment of spine damaged where a shelf label has been removed.
Provenance: Etienne Recamier (1833–1898) with bookplate 'Bibliotheque Lyonnaise 1858–1893 d'Etienne Recamier'. Recamier also had a collection of coins and medals which was sold in 1905. Later bookseller's label 'Librairie Ecclesiastique de Toulouse & Taranne, 33, R. Casette, Paris'.
First edition. With inserted section tt4 not noticed in the pagination statements in library catalogues.
Bibliography: Gouron & Terrrin, Bibliographie des coutumes de France (1975), 1139.
£600

A collection of regulations, local by-laws and customary laws for the great commercial centre of Lyon. These cover such matters as taxation – of locals and foreigners – policing, patents and privileges and the conduct of various professionals from surgeons to wine merchants. This massive work was apparently compiled by the printer and publisher Guillaume Barbier who signed the dedication on 4 November 1649. The inserted section, tt4, must have beeen typeset after the rest, but it contains rulings of 1645 so it is not clear why.
OCLC locates copies at the Bibliothèque d'Art et d'Archeologie, Paris; International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; Princeton and Columbia. There are also two copies at the Harvard Law School.
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