June 15, 2001 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on June 15, 2001.
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An important new site offering four good new databases -- for anyone interested in "the book", or in information and communication, or in libraries or France or the history of science or history in general -- has been announced at,
This is the new "IHL / Institut d'Histoire du Livre", a joint project of Lyon's outstanding Bibliothèque Municipale and Musée de l'Imprimerie, and the Ecole des Chartes, the ENSSIB, and the Ecole Normale Sup:
"The creation of the Institut d'histoire du livre in April 2001 brought together the Municipal library and the Printing museum, already designated by the Bibliothèque nationale de France as the principal resource centre (pôle associé) in the fields of printing and book history, with three grands écoles: the Ecole nationale des chartes (Paris); the Ecole nationale supérieure des sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques (Villeurbanne), which is responsible for the training of library curators in France; and the Ecole normale supérieure, lettres et sciences humaines which opened its doors in Lyons in September 2000, and whose researchers are particularly active in the fields of philosophy, linguistics and literature. The result was the creation of a new focal point for research in book history..."
Online at the new site you can find the following: use the French language site only, as several items are not (yet?) shown on the English language version --
* Ecole de l'Institut d'Histoire du Livre / Book History Workshop
"The Book History Workshop is aimed not only at book and printing historians but also at the many other specialists who encounter questions related to book and printing history in the course of their work: researchers, teachers, archivists, librarians, antiquarian booksellers, designers, etc.
"The courses offered by the Institut d'histoire du livre cover various aspects of the history of the book and graphic communications. Subjects are dealt with from both theoretical and practical points of view through illustrated lectures, discussions and the study of original documents. The collections of Lyons city library and the Museum of printing provide an important source of original documents for study.
"Each course is offered either in French or in English and is taught by a leading international specialist in the field under study.
"Upcoming IHL classes & courses -- "Organised in conjunction with the Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia", as recently announced online on Exlibris --
"Courses for September 2001 -- The Lyons-based Institut d'histoire du livre is offering three advanced courses in the fields of book and printing history. These four-day courses will take place in Lyons from the 24th to the 27th September 2001 --
"The development of the major formal and informal book hands, the dominant printing types of each period, and their interrelationship. Topics include: the Gothic hands; humanistic script; the Renaissance inscriptional capital; Garamond and the spread of the Aldine Roman; calligraphy from the chancery italic to the English round hand; the neo-classical book and its typography; and early commercial typography. The course presupposes a general knowledge of Western history and some awareness of the continuity of the Latin script but no special knowledge of typographical history. This course, which is taught in French, is also offered by the Rare Book School.
"James Mosley, is Visiting Professor in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. He retired as Librarian of the St Bride Printing Library in London in 1999. The founding editor of the Journal of the Printing Historical Society, he has written and lectured extensively on the history of European and English typography.
"The aim of the course is to examine the impact on the book of new authoring practices related to photography and digital techniques, of new modes of interactive reading, and of the abandonment of notions of linearity and exhaustivity. Subjects covered: opposition between text / image and space / time; oral and graphic dimensions of text; fixed and moving images; the impact of digital technology; consequences of the evolution of writing techniques and practices in aesthetic and legal terms (the book as an art object, the concept of author); the consequences of these transformations on the history and nature of the book, the current evolution of its forms and content, and its future. This course is offered in French.
"Michel Melot, was curator of prints and photographs at the Bibliothèque nationale de France before going on to direct the Bibliothèque publique d'information of the Georges Pompidou Centre. He is currently in charge of the study, documentation and inventory department of the Direction de l'architecture et du patrimoine within the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. He is the author of numerous studies including L'Oeil qui rit : le pouvoir comique des images (1975), L'estampe: histoire d'un art (1981) and L'Illustration: histoire d'un art (1984)...
"This course addresses printed ephemera from several different directions, but principally with the needs of the curator and collector in mind. It will focus on 19c British and French ephemera, though the general issues raised relate to all periods and to material in other languages. Classes will consist of a mix of illustrated talks on specific topics, discussion periods, and sessions spent looking at original items. Topics include: processes used in the production of ephemera (in particular, transfer lithography and chromolithography); acquisitions policies and strategies; describing and cataloging ephemera; dating ephemera; terminology; digitization of collections. Members of the class are invited *though not required* to give short accounts or presentations of focused collections in their care, whether private or institutional. This course, which is taught in English, is also offered by the Rare Book School.
"Michael Twyman, is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading and has written extensively on the history of printing, lithography and ephemera. He is the author of John Soulby, Printer, Ulverston (1966), Printing 1770-1970 (1970, reprinted 1998), The British Library Guide to Printing: History and Techniques (1998), Lithography 1800-1850 (1970), Early Lithographed Books (1990), and Early Lithographed Music (1996). He has recently completed and edited Maurice Rickards' The Encyclopedia of Ephemera (2000)."
IHL also offers:
* Journées d'Etudes / One - Day Seminars -- for example:
"One - Day Seminar Series on the Production of the Ancient Book
"The history of the book, conceived as a part of a more general history of the means of communication and information, is defined fundamentally as an historic crossroads. It is an economic history of production and distribution, but also an intellectual history of content, a cultural history of practices of reading and learning, an institutional history of administration and regulation, and an artistic history of forms -- of illustrations, typography, bindings.
"At the heart of these investigations, 'the book as an object' -- written or printed, book proper or periodical allows us to see, in the multiplicity of its contents and its formats, the multiplicity as well of its underlying rationales, like that of the [reading and learning] practices of which it has been and continues to be the support.
"The question of book - production also requires this 'archeology of the object' approach, via a dual research procedure:
"a) in the very general sense of the history of ideas and of representations, the production of the book presents, like a mirror, the conditions of writing and work and conceptualization of a given era: the very forms of writing and of typography (the problems of abbreviations, of punctuation, etc.), the appearance of and organization of paragraphs, the presence or absence of location tools such as pagination and running titles, tables and indexes, the title page and its various components. Illustrations, the relation between text and image, decorative elements in any given case, all will be considered in this context.
"b) in the sense of reading practices, the production of the book also informs us about access to the text -- varieties of learning and interpretation, and the structures of implicit reading.
"The One - Day Seminar Series organized by the Institut d'Histoire du Livre develops these ideas by placing them, systematically, in their most long - range context."
"Four One - Day Seminars are scheduled for 2001:
Accueil des participants -- Patrick Bazin, directeur de la Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon
Présentation de la journée -- Alan Marshall, conseiller scientifique, Musée de l'imprimerie de Lyon
La typographie liégoise au XVIIIe siècle -- Daniel Droixhe, professeur aux Universités de Bruxelles et de Liège
Couper les griffes au monstre : nouveaux textes, nouveaux livres dans l'Espagne des Lumières -- Maria Luisa Lopez - Vidriero, directrice de la Real Biblioteca, Madrid
Titre et mise en page des gazettes XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles -- Pierre Rétat, professeur émérite à l'Université de Lyon II -- UMR LIRE
Vraies et fausses mises en page lyonnaises -- Guy Parguez, conservateur, Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon
Règles typographiques et règles d'orthographe dans la composition de textes complexes -- Richard Southall, conseiller typographique, professeur invité au Département de la typographie et de la communication graphique, Université de Reading
La mise en page dans son contexte culturel -- Ladislas Mandel, Dessinateur de caractères
Conclusion -- Dominique Varry, maître de conférences à l'Enssib
Accueil des participants -- Patrick Bazin, directeur de la Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon
Présentation de la journée -- Frédéric Barbier, professeur d'histoire du livre à l'Enssib, directeur d'études à l'Ecole pratique des hautes études
L'histoire naturelle en livres (XIIIe au XVIe siècle) -- Marie - Pierre Dion, directeur de la Bibliothèque municipale de Valenciennes
Manuels pratiques à l'usage des ingénieurs (XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles) -- Catherine Bousquet - Bressolier, chargée de conférences à l'Ecole pratique des hautes études
Qu'est-ce qu'un article au Journal des Savants? -- Jean - Pierre Vittu, professeur à l'Université d'Orléans
Les livres d'art militaire français au siècle des Lumières -- Nicolas Hacquebart - Desvignes, doctorant, Ecole pratique des hautes études
Le texte et l'image dans le livre d'architecture au XIXe et XXe siècles -- Béatrice Bouvier, boursière de la Fondation Thiers
La vulgarisation scientifique et technique dans L'Enciclopedia Espasa -- Philippe Castellano, maître de conférences à l'Université de Rennes 2
Le Journal de physique hier et aujourd'hui -- Jean - Marc Quilbé, éditeur, directeur de EDP Sciences
Conclusion -- Michel Blay, directeur de la recherche à l'Ecole normale supérieure, lettres et sciences humaines (Lyon)
and -- program detail to be announced --
[If your palate by now is watering, and in case you will be in Lyon or even in Paris -- Paris to Lyon is 2 hours door - to - door now, via TGV, and the train stops literally at the doorway of the Bibliothèque Municipale -- I will be happy personally to provide, to anyone:
plus enthusiastic endorsement of the Lyon Bibliothèque Municipale and Musée de l'Imprimerie, the ENSSIB, and all those involved in this IHL / Institut d'Histoire du Livre project... Lyon helped us raise our kids, their excellent Bibliothèque Municipale (Croix Rousse branch, mostly) helped them to learn their French, their wonderful Musée de l'Imprimerie taught them to bind books... and we have spent many good times living in and touring the very accessible and very beautiful Lyon area...]
The IHL site also offers four remarkable new online resources:
"The aim of the project is to encourage new research into the private libraries of the Ancien Régime, also to offer means of publicizing their contents in some useful manner. For a study of the catalogs of public sale from the period 1680-1811, this project envisions a knowledge of private libraries of the Ancien Régime which combines the approaches of historians, librarians, and writers.
"The research is structured around two principal themes:
with access to their remarkable database -- sample entry:
M.***. Ourches, comte Léon d'
Condition de vente
aux enchères / en détail
Date de vente
le courant du mois de décembre prochain / lundi 16 décembre 1811
Date de début
Date de fin
Lieu de vente
Brunet, Jean - Charles fils / Vincent, P.-L. (C.-P.)
en l'une des salles de la rue des Bons - Enfants, n°30.
Catalogue des livres rares, précieux et bien conditionnés du cabinet de M.***, contenant une partie des plus anciennes Editions du 15e siècle ; une belle suite d'Auteurs classiques grecs et latins, la plupart en grand papier ; une collection d'ouvrages d'Histoire naturelle, avec des planches coloriées ; un grand nombre d'Editions de luxe ; des Livres imprimés sur velin, et quelques Manuscrits richement décorés : le tout accompagné d'éclaircissemens nécessaires. Par J.-Ch. Brunet fils. Prix, 3 francs.
Paris: Brunet, Jean-Charles fils: Crapelet, 1811
xvj, 304, (4), 8 p. (sig. ( )8 (1-19)8 ( )6)
Cat. de vente
Avis au lecteur / Table des divisions / Table des vacations / Index alphabétique / Divers
méthodique "des libraires de Paris" (5 classes)
Manuscrits / Estampes / Cartes
coll. d'incunables, rel. ; correct. et additions ; mat. dom. : Belles-Lettres
B.M.L. 345575 rel. cart., faux titre ; Léon d'Ourches, nom du poss. mss. sur faux t. et p. de t. ; relié après le cat. : par continuation. Notice d'un bon choix de livres,...77 n°, 8 p. ; cachet de provenance : dept de la Seine 3 C. Notes manuscrites / Prix manuscrits / Noms des acquéreurs manuscrits / Marque de provenance de l'exemplaire
Dpt de la Seine ?
Stift St. Paul
Monastère Saint Paul / Monastery of St. Paul
St. Paul im Lavanttal St. Paul 9470 Autriche
tel : +43-4357 2019-22
fax : +43-4357 2019-23
Monastère bénédictin fondé en 1091, abrite un musée de peintures, ivoires, objets d'or et d'argent, numismatique, une collection d'art chinois et une bibliothèque riche de 4000 manuscrits, 2800 incunables, 180 000 livres imprimés et 25000 estampes.
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So, happy summer reading... Paris is 77 degrees today and sunny / Lyon is 82 and it's gonna rain / San Francisco is 90+ and running out of electricity...
But "what, me worry?" because I'm on my way to a holiday in sunny Paraguay... somebody please tell me what they're reading nowadays in sunny Paraguay?... See y'all in Julio...
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