20th century bookselling and publishing firm started by Louis Dorbon.
Founded in 1900 by Louis Dorbon, Librairie Dorbon-aîné entered the bookselling trade with a remarkable initial stock of 400,000 volumes. As both a publisher and a bookseller, Librairie Dorbon-aîné contributed numerous influential works to the early 20th century French literary scene. Louis Dorbon chose the name Dorbon-aîné to differentiate himself from his younger brother, Lucien Dorbon, who entered the bookselling business about one year after Louis opened his Librairie.
The first works published by Librairie Dorbon-aîné were the serial publications of Petits Mémoires de Paris containing etchings by Henri Boutlet and two works by Robida titled les Vieilles Villes des Flandres and Vieilles Villes du Rhin . Librairie Dorbon-aîné thrived publishing the works of authors such as Xavier Marcel Boulestin, Maurice Des Ombiaux, Claude Farrère, Camille Saint-Saëns, and René Boylesve. Works by Jules Lemaître, Claude Debussy, Francis de Miomandre, and comtesse de Noailles were also published by Dorbon-aîné.
Although Louis Dorbon described the founding of Librairie Dorbon-aîné in 1900 in his article La Librairie Dorbon-aîné, the date Librairie Dorbon-aîné actually closed is not documented. The firm actively published books between 1900 and 1939. One of the latest, if not last, books published by the Librairie was available in 1949. Beyond 1949 no accurate record exists detailing the closure of Librairie Dorbon-aîné.
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