Wien (Vienna): Ben Johann Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, 1795. Hardcover. Zwente verbesserte Ausgabe (second revised edition). This is the first volume only of a two volume work. Johann Nepomuk Cosmas Michael Denis (1729 - 1800) was an Austrian author, poet, and the curator for the Vienna Court Library. He was also a Catholic Priest, Jesuit, and an entomologist who studied moths and butterflies. This work is presented in three parts discussing the history of the book through early Christianity, through the Renaissance, and finally through the mid/late 1700s including the book trade. Deaccession stamp from Harvard Library embossed to rear endpaper along with a black ink ownership stamp. The black ownership stamp appears in the margins of several internal pages as well. In modern binding, which appears to have been added after the book was deaccessioned as there are no library markings, of three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with black and gilt title to spine, which reads: "R. Denis / Bücher / Kunde" Minor wear and rubbing to edges of boards, corners, and raised bands. Replica pastepaper endpapers with a few small spots where the surface has lifted on rear endpapers (likely from glue). These replica papers reproduce a circular pencil marking that was found on the original. The title page is printed in red and black. Head and tail pieces throughout. Occasional spots of soiling to interior including smudge marks and ink spots. Dampstaining to top margin in gutter to most pages. The stain is small and light in most of the book, but covers a larger area of the page (about 2 x 3 inches) on later pages. The stain does not affect legibility. The folding chart at the rear has additional creases, a few tears, dampstaining, and minor foxing. Lacks additional engraved plate. IN GERMAN. Attractive binding. 293 pages with one folded engraved chart to rear. GER/020923. Very Good.