Book-trade catalogues, generally referred to as book fair catalogues, offer a unique overview of German and European book production over a period of nearly 300 years (1594-1860).
This digital version of the microfilmed catalogues of the Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs, represents an almost complete run. The book fair catalogues for the Spring/Easter and Autumn/Michaelmas Fairs provide a comprehensive overview of the books on offer during this period. There were only a few years during the Thirty Years’ War when no catalogues are known to have appeared.
As well as being an important historical bibliography relevant to research in early modern and 19th century history, the history of science and medicine, etc., this resource is also a unique primary source for the intellectual development of continental Europe, and its history of scholarship, literature and publishing.
The following fair catalogues are included: