The natural sciences have always used graphic representations to convey knowledge of plants and animals. From the 15th to the 19th century, the publication of drawings and in particular their dissemination by means of engraving made it possible to clarify the characters presented in the texts, to standardise the scientists' descriptions and the vocabulary used and to offer increased precision in the scientific and mental representations. In addition to their erudite nature, these images offer a representation typical of the vision of nature, both close to home and more exotic, held by mankind at that time. As the very best artists were called on to produce these images, they are often works of art in their own right – often displaying great beauty and poetry. By selecting drawings and prints dating from the Renaissance to the present day, the National Library of France wishes to emphasise the scientific and aesthetic importance of the representations of plants and animals, highlighting the extent of the collections which perfectly complement those of the Museum of Natural History.
Since 2009, an introduction to book collecting stand has welcomed visitors throughout the entire fair. Booksellers who are members of SLAM answer any questions budding collectors might have while accompanying them in their first purchase and sharing their expertise and passion. The works presented here are selected by the booksellers participating in the fair and they all include a detailed notice, enabling anyone and everyone to discover the joys of book collecting.
EXHIBITION: NATURAL HISTORIES
Selection of the booksellers
Carefully selected by the exhibitors, a selection of books and documents on the theme "Natural histories" will be shown at stand i10-i12.
Animal and vegetable life, original watercolored drawings, art of gardens, botany, horticulture, albums of birds, medical subjects, healing plants, rural life, natural sciences in travel books... - but also animals and flowers in French and foreign literature; so many suggestive elements and others to discover on this space.
A NEW SPECIALIST DATABASE FOR THE BINDINGS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF FRANCE
Fabienne Le Bars, curator of the BnF collection of rare books: the online BnF collections of bindings reliures.bnf.fr
Presentation : Friday 26th April and Sunday 28th April : 3.00pm to 3.30pm
South nave, orchestra area