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Paul Lacroix (April 27, 1806 - October 16, 1884), French author and journalist, was born in Paris, the son of a novelist. He wrote La vérité sur les deux Procès criminels du marquis de Sade.

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.

Bibliographie non-exhaustive

  • L’Origine des cartes à jouer, 1835
  • Bibliothèque de M. G. de Pixerécourt, 1838
  • Bibliothèque dramatique de M. de Soleinne, 1843-1845
  • Bibliothèque dramatique de Pont de Vesle, 1846
  • Costumes historiques de la France d’après les monuments les plus authentiques, 1852
  • Histoire de la prostitution, 1853
  • Œuvres complètes de François Villon, nouvelle édition revue, corrigée et mise en ordre avec des notes historiques et littéraires, par P. L. Jacob, Bibliophile, Paris, P. Jannet, 1854
  • Ballets et mascarades de Cour, de Henri III à Louis XIV (1581-1652), 1868-1870
  • Vie militaire et religieuse au Moyen Âge et à l’époque de la Renaissance, 1869
  • Aventures de l’abbé de Choisy habillé en femme, 1870
  • Bibliographie et Iconographie de tous les ouvrages de Restif de la Bretonne, 1875
  • Mœurs, usages et costumes au Moyen Âge et à l’époque de la Renaissance, 1871-1877

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