Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 2001,
Facsimile edition. small octavo, cream cloth. 590 pp. Georg Olms, Item #29783
Fifteen catalogues in facsimile. Volume V of the Die Messkataloge des sechzehnten Jahrhunderts. Very fine. "The catalogues of the Frankfurt Book Fair, initiated by the Augsburg bookseller George Willer in 1564, represent the first international bibliographies of a periodic character, attempting to list every six months all new publications issued in Europe, and they can be considered the prototype of today's Books in Print. The books are arranged by subject; for the first time, place, publisher, and date are always mentioned" (Breslauer & Folter, Bibliography: Its History and Development # 24).