January 15, 2004 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on January 15, 2004.
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To the three classes being offered by Lyon's Institut d'Histoire du Livre on April 5-8, as reported here in November -- see fy031115.htm --
1) Introduction to analytical bibliography, by Neil Harris
2) Conservation and study of printed ephemera, by Michael Twyman
3) Type, lettering and calligraphy 1450-1830, by James Mosley
-- now has been added a fourth --
4) French gold-tooled bindings 1507-1967 : major workshops and collectors / Reliures françaises à décor doré 1507-1967, by Isabelle de Conihout et Pascal Ract-Madoux
"Since the publication in 1951 of Louis-Marie Michon's La reliure française -- an excellent but sparsely illustrated study which is now, inevitably, rather out of date -- there has been no serious study of French bookbinding as a whole.
"Isabelle de Conihout and Pascal Ract-Madoux aim in their course to fill this gap by offering a close examination of a large number of remarkable bindings from the period 1507-1967. A hundred or so original bindings (and several hundred photographic reproductions) will be presented and described. Although bindings are physically inseparable from the content which they enclose, they also have to be considered as autonomous artefacts. French deluxe bindings in particular have to be considered as works of art as much as historical objects.
"Areas covered by the course include:
"The first three days of the course will finish with a presentation and discussion of a selection of Lyon City Library's most precious bookbindings. Participants will thus have an exceptional opportunity to discover at close quarters highly decorated bindings and discuss them with the tutors.
"The fourth and last day of the course will take place at the Bibliothèque Mazarine in Paris, and will be given over to an examination of this prestigious library's most precious bindings."
Detailed course outline
"The first three days are made up of four sessions: the first three sessions take place at the Ecole normale supérieure -- lettres et sciences humaines (ENS-LSH), the final session will take place at Lyon City Library.
1. Chronological overview
2. The collectors: François I, Henri II, Catherine de Médicis, Grolier, Mahieu, foreigne collectors (Mansfeld, Wotton, Fugger, etc.), Henri III, de Thou, Marguerite de Valois, Duodo, and several others.
The workshops: Roffet, Relieur de Salel, Picard, Gommar Estienne, etc.
3. An important but unknown collector: Claude de Laubespine, 1545-1570. "Reliures funèbres" from Catherine de Médicis to Henri III.
4. Examination of 16th-century bindings in the collections of Lyon City Library.
1. 17th century: chronological overview. The owners: Marie de Médicis, Habert de Montmor, Hélie du Fresnoy, etc. The case of Cureau. The workshops: Macé Ruette, Le Gascon, Maitre Doreur, Rocolet, Badier. Signed bindings.
2. 18th century: chronological overview. The owners: de La Vieuville à La Vallière. The workshops: Boyet, Padeloup, Derome père, Dubuisson, Douceur, etc.
3. 18 century (cont'd). Mosaic bindings. Derome le Jeune.
4. Examination of 17th and 18th-century bindings in the collections of Lyon City Library.
1. 17th and 18th centuries (conclusion) : plates, special brasses. Endpapers 1610-1800.
2. 19th and 20th centuries from Bozerian to P.-L. Martin.
3. Signed bindings, owners. marks, etc. Conclusions.
4. Examination of bindings in the collections of Lyon City Library. 17th and 18th centuries: plates, special brasses, endpapers. 19th and 20th centuries.
11h00-18h00. Bibliothèque Mazarine: examination of 16th-20th century bindings.
Isabelle de Conihout and Pascal Ract-Madoux
"In addition to research on original editions and literary libraries (Philippe Desportes, Tristan l'Hermite), she is particularly interested in the history of collections (cabinets of curiosities, the collections of cardinal Mazarin) and the history of bookbinding (Les Reliures de Marin Cureau de la Chambre (1594-1669) et l'atelier « Rocolet », 1997; Madame de Pompadour bibliophile, 2002; Les reliures de Mazarin, conference "Mazarin, les lettres et les arts", 2002; La belle librairie évanouie de Nicolas de Villeroy, conference 'Henri III mécène', 2003).
"They have co-authored « Veuves, pénitents et tombeaux : reliures françaises du XVIe siècle à motifs funèbres », conference 'Funérailles à la Renaissance', Droz, 2001, and Reliures françaises du XVIIè siècle, chefs-d'oeuvre du Musée Condé. Grands décors (1615-1665) et reliures pour les curieux (1690-1710), Somogy, 2002.
And, per remarks made in the previous, Lyon is a great place: particularly for anyone, French or foreign, who knows France simply as Paris plus the Côte d'Azur, having "visited Lyon" only en passant, racing through the autoroute routier tunnels of la Fourvière... So, visitez Lyon: the wine, the views of the Alps, the gastronomie, the history, the chocolate...
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