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Louis Jacob De Saint-Charles (1608-1670) And The Development Of Specialist Bibliography

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Louis Jacob de Saint-Charles, who is the subject of this chapter, was undoubtedly a passionate creator of inventories. His biographer Cosme de Villiers de Saint-Etienne records that he was responsible for more than thirty bibliographies and finding-lists of different lengths and scope over the course of his life, few of which found their way into print. Of all these lists, the ones which brought him most fame were his annual Parisian and national bibliographies published between 1645 and 1654, which introduced into France a practice which had been successfully initiated elsewhere in Europe. The chapter examines some neglected texts and contexts: Louis Jacob's manuscript bibliography of women writers and his use of scribal publication; his involvement in the various scholarly factions in 1640s Paris; the full range of his surviving bibliographical enterprises.

Keywords: Louis Jacob de Saint-Charles; national bibliography; scribal publication



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