Octave Uzanne, 1852-1931


Biographical note

French man of letters, bibliophile, editor and journalist. After studying classics, he moved to Paris to devote himself to books. From 1875, he worked at Advisor Bibliophile and then founded successively four journals: Bibliographical Miscellany, The Book, The Book Modern and Art and the Idea. In 1889, with 160 others, he founded a publishing company of French writers, the League of contemporary bibliophiles, later the Society of Independent bibliophiles.

He also published personal works: novels, fantasy books, literature reviews. They are lavishly illustrated editions in small print, produced in collaboration with artists such as Paul Avril and Felicien Rops.

Between two books, Uzanne circumnavigated the world in 1893.

Uzanne worked with Albert Robida on a collection of tales, Contes pour les bibliophiles, which contains the famous story called La Fin des livres (The End of Books).

He spent his last years in his apartment in St. Cloud, always surrounded by books and still writing.


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