Dates of the Leipzig Book Fairs (1758–1860), with Notes on the Book Catalogs

Neal L. Evenhuis


Dates of the Easter and St. Michael’s book fairs in Leipzig from 1758 through 1860 are given, correcting previous dates given elsewhere. A brief history of the Leipzig Book Fairs is given in context with the utility of the associated book catalogs, which can be used for obtaining dates of publication for books presented for sale at the fairs.


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