A Literary Tour de France


Population: about 7,000 in 1780.
Book Trade: three booksellers and one small printer.
Institutions: royal subdélégation, bailliage court of justice, and tax élection.
Culture: college, large theater, learned academy (founded in 1783), and reading cabinet.
literacy (for entire département): male 25%, female 11%.
Communications: stop on post road from Besançon to Lyon.
Economy: regional commercial center. Grain, poultry, cattle, horses, wood and timber, leather, cloth.


Booksellers in Bourg-en-Bresse