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Nicolas de Blégny - Le livre commode contenant les adresses de la ville de Paris, et le trésor des almanachs - 1692

Exceptional and very rare, this book is considered the first directory of Paris.

The convenient Book Containing the addresses of the city of Paris, and the Treasure of the almanacs For the Leap Year 1692. With the sittings and vacations of the Courts, the order & discipline of public exercises, the price of Materials & Works of Architecture, the Tariff of new Monnoyes, the Departure of Couriers & Road Cars, & generally all Commodities subject to change. Paris, Veuve Denis Nion, 1692. In-8, lemon morocco, Jansenist, interior lace, gilt edges on marbling.

The "Comfortable Book, by its commercial spirit, is really the first Bottin" (Grand-Carteret).
Divided into two parts.

The second part of the book has a particular title page entitled the "Treasure of the almanacs".
It contains an exact description of the universal economy, informs the reader of the rate of coins, and draws up an alphabetical list of the most important posts and couriers, festivals and fairs in the kingdom.

This edition of 1692 is very rare, most of the people quoted by Blégny indeed reproached the convenient book for its indiscretion.
On February 29, 1692, 2,500 unsold copies were seized from the widow Nion and destroyed, and the privilege was withdrawn from her (see Anne Sauvy, books seized in Paris between 1678 and 1701).

This book is complete with all its pages but a printing error has inverted some page numbers which further rarifies this book, see the latest photos compared to BNF Gallica.

Object Book
Number of Books 1
Subject Catalogues, History, Regional interest
Author/ Illustrator Nicolas de Blégny
Book Title Le livre commode contenant les adresses de la ville de Paris, et le trésor des almanachs
Condition Fair
Publication year oldest item 1692
Edition 1st Edition
Language French
Original language Yes
Binding/ Material Leather
Number of pages 196
Dimensions 17.6×11.6 cm
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