Paul Lacroix alias Bibliophile Jacob (1806 - 1884)
From Wikipedia (in this case an old entry of the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition): "
Paul Lacroix (April 27, 1806 - October 16, 1884), French author and journalist, was born in Paris, the son of a novelist.
He is best known under his pseudonym of P.L. Jacob, bibliophile, or Bibliophile Jacob, suggested by the constant interest he took in public libraries and books generally. Lacroix was an extremely prolific and varied writer. Over twenty historical romances alone came from his pen, and he also wrote a variety of serious historical works, including a history of Napoleon III, and the life and times of the Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.
He was the joint author with Ferdinand Séré of a five-volume work, Le moyen âge et la renaissance (1847), a standard work on the manners, customs and dress of those times, the chief merit of which lies in the great number of illustrations it contains. He also wrote many monographs on phases of the history of culture, including Manners, Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period. Over the signature Pierre Dufour was published an exhaustive Histoire de la prostitution (1851-1852), which has always been attributed to Lacroix. His works on bibliography were also extremely numerous. In 1885 he was appointed librarian of the Arsenal Library, Paris."
In 1835 he wrote about playing cards, a work, which he himself gives with the following bibliographical notes: P. L. JACOB (PAUL LACROIX), bibliophile. Origine des Cartes à jouer. Paris, 1835, in-8 de 16 p. Publié d'abord dans le Dictionnaire de la Conservation, et ensuits dans un ouvrage de l'auteur, intitulé: Mon Grand Fauteuil, t. l. p. 147-160.
Another work from 1858 is also in the web:
Curiosités de l'histoire des arts, par P.L. Jacob (By Paul Lacroix 1858), p. 17 - 73
L'Ancienne France. Henri IV et Louis XIII. La Fronde.
LACROIX Paul [Le Bibliophile JACOB].
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