Laurence Fontaine is a researcher at the CNRS, Paris.
Introduction. 1. Peddling and Major Trade Between the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. 2. The Eighteenth Century: a Return to the Regional Areas. 3. The Eighteenth Century: the Networks of Booksellers and Book Pedlars in Southern Europe. 4. A Flexible Typology. 5. In the Village: Reasons for Itinerancy and the Structures Supporting It. 6. Credit and Social Relationships. 7. The Demise of the Profession. 8. The Culture of Itinerancy. 9. A Civilised Business?. Conclusion. Appendix. Notes. Index.