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PELÉE DE VARENNES (Marie Joseph Hippolyte). Les...

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[PELÉE DE VARENNES (Marie Joseph Hippolyte)]. Les Loisirs des bords du Loing, ou Recueil de pièces fugitives. Montargis, Prévost, 1784. In-12 of (3) ff, lx, 152 pp. printed on white or slightly bluish paper, watermarked with the Léorier Delisle sigle (with a vase crowned with a bishop's hat). Speckled half-paper boards, title page (late 19th c. binding). A collection of prose and verse pieces, dedicated to Montargis contemporaries, by the Receveur des Finances of Montargis and printer Pelée de Varennes, who inaugurated the dyed paper trials developed by Léorier Delisle at his paper mill in Buges, near Montargis. In 1784, Lequatre and Prévost, publishers in Montargis, printed around 50 copies of his "Loisirs des bords du Loing". Prévost, publishers in Montargis, the first on rose-tinted paper, the second on bluish paper. These copies, on vegetable paper, remain important witnesses to the history of paper and printing. Pierre Alexandre Léorier-Delisle (1744-1826) demonstrated the possibility of using plants in papermaking, to alleviate the rag shortage that plagued the paper industry at the time. A very rare copy in vegetable paper, a precious witness to the history of paper and printing (Barbier II, 1340).