Publisher: Paris: Chez Antoine Dezallier, 1690.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Besterman, Bibliography of Bibliographies, 398; and see Archer Taylor and Frederic Mosher’s Bibliography of Anonyma and Pseudonyma (Chicago, 1951).
Condition: Early ink ownership stamp and signature on the title page; inscription or signature torn away from the bottom blank portion of the title, but neatly repaired; similar tear and repair on the final page of text, with no loss; binding a little rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 19300
Description12mo, contemporary calf, brown leather label, gilt decorations and lettering.
CommentsOne of the earliest scholarly dictionaries of anonymous and pseudonymous literature, the authors of which are divided into three categories: pseudonymous writers, imposters and plagiarists. Included is an index of over 1700 pseudonyms. Auteurs Deguisez was intended as a preliminary study, with a more extensive work to be published later, but Baillet’s project proved highly controversial and its continuation was discouraged. Baillet (1649-1706) was a monastic scholar and the librarian of M. de Lomoignon in Paris.