Exhibition: Curiosity, manuscripts, books and bindings.
Presentation of a selection of treasures of the National Library, compiled from several departments, namely the Manuscripts Department, the Reserves and Rare Books Department, the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal: illuminated manuscripts, incunables, precious and contemporary bindings, corrected drafts, writers’ drafts, printed music or atlas maps, bibliophile books, annotated editions of illustrious origin or conserved in very few copies, artists’ books, etc.
Vidéo of interview with Antoine Coron, Director of The Rare Books Reserve, BnF (Bibliotèque nationale de France).
Quai François-Mauriac, 75013 Paris
Bibliothèque d’étude, Bibliothèque de recherche, Réserve des Livres rares
Centre national de littérature pour la jeunesse - La Joie par les livres
25, Bd de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris
58, rue de Richelieu, 75002 Paris
Département des Arts du spectacle, des Cartes et plans, des Estampes et de la photographie, des Manuscrits, des Monnaies, médailles et antiques, de la Musique (2, rue Louvois).
1, rue de Sully, 75004 Paris
Bibliothèque-musée de l’Opéra
Place de l’Opéra, 75009 Paris
Conducted by Georges Vigarello (EHESS), joined by Rafael Mandressi (CNRS) and Thierry Pillon (University of Evry).
The Methodology of a Restorer of Antiquarian Books.
An explanation of the choice of restoration methods for a book from the XVIIth century. By Olivier Maupin, professor of restoration of Written Heritage at l’Atelier d’Arts Appliqués (Applied Arts Workshop) in Vésinet.
Travelers in the Name of Knowledge.
By Counter Admiral François Bellec, of the Marine Academy.
Scientific travel opened up a new perspective on nature and living things during a period when we have gone from a simple cataloguing of species to an analysis of the organization of their reign. Scientific collecting and observations preoccupied the educated world for decades, filled hundreds of books, atlases, maps and lithographs.
What is the current role occupied by Book Towns on the Antiquarian Book Market? With Frederik Reitz, Editor in Chief of the Magazine du Bibliophile and representatives of the associations in Montolieu, Bécherel, Fontenoy-la-Joûte, Montmorillon, La Charité-sur-Loire.
Travellers and Collections.
Stéphane Martin, Curator of the Quai Branly Museum.
The great journeys and explorations of the world of the XVIth – XIXth centuries produced a great sum of exceptional literature and bibliophile treasures that are passionately collected. Visit the great classics of travel literature from Jean de Léry to Pierre Loti in light of museum objects which have maintained a trace of their journeys.
Round Table Discussion on the Antiquarian Book and Expectations of Book Amateurs.
With Rodolphe Goujet, doctoral student in Sociology, Emmanuel Lhermitte, expert, and Frederik Reitz, Editor in Chief of the Magazine du bibliophile.
The questionnaire « Booksellers ask bibliophiles » : is handed out both at the Book Fair and through the Magazine du bibliophile. Consulting the public will make it easier to understand what they want, which will help professionals to better adapt to their demands. Survey results will provide a more objective picture of the profession and the needs of the population, which it must satisfy with a fuller understanding of its expectations. The sorting and analysis will be done until the next International Antiquarian Book Fair in June, 2009.