Les bouquinistes et les quais de Paris tels qu’ils sont, réfutation du pamphlet d’O. Uzanne

1893121 x 190 mm

Vintage binding


1 in stock


FIRST EDITION and unique.
One of the copies of the current edition on vellum, after 25 copies on Japon, total edition of 525 copies.
An account of the daily life of the booksellers on the quays of the Seine at the end of the 19th century and a violent pamphlet against Octave Uzanne who, in Second-hand booksellerspainted an unflattering picture of Antoine Laporte:

Let's mention Laporte, whom we'll meet up with again soon; Laporte, whose name is crippled, and who is still called the Apostle, not in memory of the first vocation attributed to him, because he was never a defrocked man [...] a real type, that one, with his important Father Hyacinthe Loyson moustache, always covered with his hat, his mouth bitter; the air of discontent and rogue... and talkative... a real blessing. (p. 110)

A scholar and bibliographer, Laporte wrote, among other works, a book entitled A literary history of the 19th centurya Cleric-galantine biligraphy and a pamphlet against Zola in which he collected all the scabrous passages from Les Rougon-Macquart. A curious biographical note on Commandant Quenaidit (The bookseller Ant. Laporte(Lefebvre-Ducrocq, 1911) adds that in addition to these activities, Laporte, linked to secret societies, worked in the shadows against the Empire...

Fine contemporary binding.

Paris,At all the bookshops along the quays,1893.In-12, Bound,121 x 190 mm,82 pp. .

Bound in contemporary blue half-percaline à la Bradel, smooth spine with gilt title on brown leather, gilt fleuron and fillet. Cover preserved without spine. forttements. Cover stained, paper slightly and evenly browned.


Antoine Laporte

(Meymac: 4 April 1835 - Auteuil: 30 March 1900)

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