A Literary Tour de France


Population: 26,000 in 1780.
Book Trade: twenty printer booksellers. Major book trade center and large
publishing industry flooding southern France with pirated
editions. Declining in the late 1770s. Guild.
Institutions: capital of comtat Venaissin, a papal enclave within France.
Culture university, two colleges, theater, and gazette.
literacy (for entire département): male 20%, female 8%.
Communications: port on the Rhône river. Destination and major stop on the
post road from Lyon. Branching point for Marseille and
Economy: commercial city. Silk, gun powder, salt, and books.
Smuggling and pirating. Wine and olive oil.

Booksellers in Avignon