I googled "Vannes Luthiers" and got a French site that seems to indicate that Vannes' "dictionnaire universal des luthiers" has been reprinted. Or so I gather from google's amusing translator.
The book contains info and some 17000 representative labels
of luthiers over the centuries. Many of these folk made other instruments as well, including, of course, mandolins. As such I suspect it would be a useful reference even to those of us who do not speak French.
Since it has been out of print and has useful info, old copies fetch about $200 on the rare book market.
If anyone here is able to connect with the French site and ascertain availability and current price, I (and perhaps you, dear reader) might be interested in acquiring a copy.
If anyone here is already familiar with the book and can suggest whether it would, indeed, be of use to the likes of us, I'd be interested to hear about it.