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October 15, 2014 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on October 15, 2014.
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Postal: Bibliothèque municipale service administratif, 22 rue Traverse, 29200 Brest
t. (0)2.98.00.87.50, fx. (0)2.98.00.87.70
"The library network -- sites distributed throughout the city -- offers online a catalog plus the reservation of materials: branch libraries include bibliothèques Neptune, Quatre Moulins, Etudes, Bellevue, la Cavale Blanche, Pontanizen, St. Martin, St. Marc, Discothèque de prêt Arpège, Médiathèque de Lambézellec, Oceanopolis." [tr. JK]
Counts: 86,000 volumes
Address: 124 rue de Verdun, 29200 Brest
t. (0)2.98.00.87.60, fx. (0)2.98.02.87.25
Address: Bibliothèque-Centre de documentation, GET-ENST Bretagne, Technopôle Brest Iroise CS 83818, 29238 Brest Cedex 3
t. (0)2.29.00.11.09, fx. (0)2.29.00.10.63
[ENST="Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications"]
"Established in 1977, the library of the ENST Bretagne possesses a multi-disciplinary documentation collection responding to the teaching and research needs of the school. The Rennes campus, established in September 1989, also offers a library adapted to these needs.
"The scientific-library puts at the disposition of its users:
-- at Brest : 20,000 documents in open access (books, theses...) with an annual increase of about 500 works plus 150 documentation files regularly-updated. These technical and economics files are assembled from a selection of periodicals articles and may be consulted on the premises. The library subscribes to 150 titles of scientific and technical periodicals.
-- at Rennes : 3,700 documents in open access (books, theses...), as well as non-confidential internship reports which increase in number annually by 160 works. The library subscribes to 66 scientific and technical periodicals in their printed paper versions.
"The cultural-library offers to its users at Brest: 12,300 works (novels, bandes dessinées / graphic novels, youth literature...) ; 15 reviews titles (Bodoï, Bateaux, Positif..).
Email 1: firstname.lastname@example.org (M. Alain Sainsot, Directeur)
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Address: 10 avenue Victor Le Gorgeu, 29200 Brest
t. (0)2.98.01.64.04, fx. (0)22.214.171.124.25
Counts: 290,000 books, 4,500 periodicals
"The only library managed through the breton language..."
I'll bet you've never actually seen something written in Breton. Well take a look at this: "Sed amañ Brezhonet, an titourer kentañ evit skignañ al lennegezh vrezhonek... Kinniget ha kempennet gant Levraoueg Breizh"... the world is a linguistically-rich but sometimes a linguistically-very-strange place...
March 6, 2002: this site does not connect as of this date -- someone who knows please advise me?, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, otherwise I will have to remove this reference during my next file review -- hate to do that, in this instance, as this "Levraoueg Breizh" is one of the more strange and truly-unpronounceable resource gems which I've ever stumbled across online.
October 14, 2014: they're maybe back in business -- gone-"virtual", perhaps -- see,
W3 (bibliothèque): http://www.bu.univ-nantes.fr/
W3 (université): http://www.univ-nantes.fr/
Address: chemin Censive du Tertre, 44322 Nantes
Postal: BP32211, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3
t. (0)126.96.36.199.30, fx. (0)188.8.131.52.51
Counts: 473,000 books; 8000 printed periodicals titles; 7000 e-periodicals titles; thousands of theses on paper or microfiche, plus 1200 other e-documents.
Address: 24 quai de la Fosse, 44041 Nantes cedex 01
Collections: inter alia --
> The Medieval Collections -- The medieval collections of the Oratoire, although they are not numerous, shine with a modest flair, as may be seen in the five manuscripts of the 14th and 15th centuries which may be found there. The school was justifiably proud of its beautiful copy of The City of God from the 15th century. Saint Augustine's text there is illustrated with 351 miniatures. The collections acquired during the Revolution added several pieces, for example a Carmelite breviary once belonging to Françoise d'Amboise, the wife of Pierre II, Duc de Bretagne in 1450-1457. The 19th century saw the reunification of an important grouping from ducal Brittany: a precious small book of prayers said to be that of Anne de Bretagne, and the Charter of the Rohan, saved from the burning of the Château de Blain in 1793 and given to the library by the scholar Louis Bizeul. Two illuminated books of hours also enrich this collection.
> The Revolutionary Collection -- The fonds Dugast-Matifeux -- In this area the works collected became the subject of a particular division of the catalog of 1870. The 1894 legacy of Charles Dugast-Matifeux forms the most important part -- 13,000 volumes and printed works -- the numerous manuscripts give the collection considerable importance. The product of a Vendéean family of Republican convictions, Charles Dugast-Matifeux -- with his friend Banjamin Fillon, a learned Vendéean as well -- assembled an incomparable collection of great interest, concerning his native regions. Thousands of official documents, private papers, letters and accounts, printed or manuscript, provide inexhaustible resources to historians of the military Vendée ; some have been published or used in studies, but many remain unpublished. This collection is equally interesting regarding pre-revolutionary Poitou, and it includes the papers of Duplessis-Mornay, the gouverneur of Saumur, where he founded the first Protestant Academy.
> The Bibliophiles' Collection -- Among the incunables, originating in the monastic collections, a Missel Nantais (Venice 1482) must be mentioned which contains numerous engravings, including a very rare "criblé" of the 15th century, the unique copy of an edition of the Grand testament de François Villon (Paris, 1490), and a copy on "grand papier" bound in red morocco, of the Canon de la médecine d'Avicenne (Padua, 1476) which belonged to Loménie de Brienne. This last work was part of the rare and precious books collection of the Nantes bibliophile Tampon de Lajariette, acquired by the library in 1860. In that collection one also may find precious manuscripts from ducal Brittany, curious Persian and Chinese manuscripts, and more than 500 volumes from the 15th to the 20th century, chosen for the rarity and beauty of the copies, richly-bound. For example, Les loisirs des bords du Loing, various works on papier rose bound in morocco bearing the arms of Marie-Antoinette. The latest acquisition of the médiathèque: l'Appartement des jeunes filles of Roger Allard, illustrated by the Nantes engraver Jean Emile Laboureur, was bound by Rose Adler.[tr. JK]
> Nantes in the 19th century -- At the end of the 19th century there was, "A nantais... in love with his city, proud enough of its original and diverse beauties to wish to immortalize the place at the outset of the New Era!", the industrialist and art lover Alphonse Lotz-Brissonneau... He met the engraver Auguste Lepère -- in 1896, in the Vendée -- and was excited by his talent. From this encounter and from the passion of the Nantais for their city and their art, was born a great adventure of the 19th century...
>Ordered by Lotz-Brissonneau, and carried out anonymously by Sylvain Bourdin, directeur des chantiers de la Loire, this work is above all a formidable "internal space" in which Lepère let his talents explode in 59 engravings on wood or on copper. Cast in 220 examples, the work was completed, under pressure, by 31 décembre 1900. Among the collections assembled by Lotz-Brissonneau from the work of Lepère and left to the library in 1922, one may note the unique example, done on japon and decorated with incised leather, on an allegory representing three women symbolizing the Erdre, the Loire, and the Sèvre ; a variation on the one composed for Lotz." [tr. JK]
> Le fonds Labouchère -- In 1873, Pierre Antoine Labouchère, born at Nantes in 1807, left to the library his medals collection and above all over 3,000 autographs he had collected since he was age 20 when he took a voyage to the USA. Les Americana constitute one among the 20 sections of his collection. Nantais and Protestant, he reserved a special place for reformers and for local celebrities. But the interest of these items -- whether Mozart with Rancé, Mme. de Sévigné or the German poet Klopstock -- is universal, as much as it bears witness to numerous and various events, the collection is much more than just a simple curiousity.
> Le fonds Jules Verne -- The establishment of a fonds Jules Verne, at the urging of Mlle. Luce Courville, who directed the library from 1962 to 1987, illustrates the formidable richness of Nantes cultural life in the 19th century. The writer, whose childhood showed such markedly creative imagination, found his true measure of welcome in his native city. A centre d'Études verniennes and a museum, both integrated into the library, are devoted to him and offer a wealth of materials for the explorations of researchers and fans: 5,000 printed documents, manuscripts and images providing the discovery of these books and the understanding of studies about them. The first editions and Hetzel posters are from the collection of Joseph Laissus, président of the société Jules Verne until his death in 1969.
>Thanks to acquisitions and gifts, particularly from the heirs of Maxime Guillon-Verne, nephew of the writer, the library assembles a leading collection of manuscripts of the correspondance of Jules Verne, his family, and his friends and collaborators. In 1981 the city of Nantes provided a considerable enrichment by acquiring 95 manuscripts of his books including some un-edited versions. An active editing process steadily has made these accessible ; in 1984 three manuscripts were donated and deposited by the nation in the bibliothèque de Nantes, completing the collection assembled by the City, and confirming its importance. In addition to these literary documents, images, biographical and genealogical files, games and objects belonging to Jules Verne or inspired by his work, records, programs, prospectuses and invitations, all enrich this very complete corpus of the life and work of this writer."
> Période 1871-1974 -- Around Hugues Rebell, Marcel Schwob, and the Nantes precursors of Surrealism, a literature collection is being constructed. The richness of the library is above all bibliographic, in this domain. But one also can find beautiful original documents: fonds Sarment, one of the comrades of Jacques Vaché at the lycée de Nantes, the manuscript of the "rouilles encagées" of the rezéen Benjamin Péret, the significant erotic and libertarian manifesto of the first years of Surrealism."
Address: 12 rue Turgot, Ty Nay, 29000 Quimper
t. (0)184.108.40.206.12, fx. (0)220.127.116.11.81
Address: 1 rue Jacques Léonard, 35000 Rennes
t. (0)18.104.22.168.63, fx. (0)2.99.02.39.15
Address: 16 rue Santé, 35000 Rennes
t. (0)22.214.171.124.00, fx. (0)126.96.36.199.11
-- and also, in a place far-from-Finistère called "Paris" --
W3 (bibliothèques): http://www.musee-marine.fr/content/les-bibliotheques-du-musee
W3 (musée): http://www.musee-marine.fr
Address: Palais de Chaillot, 17 place du Trocadéro, 75116 Paris
t. (0)188.8.131.52.69, fx. (0)184.108.40.206.42
"Two reference collections devoted to the ocean in its most interesting arenas... maritime history, naval construction, techniques of navigation, medical and natural sciences...
"At the heart of this network, the Musée National de la Marine possesses two collections, one at Paris and the other at Rochefort in the Ancienne École de médecine navale. These libraries both have existed since the beginnings of the establishments with which they are connected -- 1827 for the Musée Naval then situated at the Louvre, 1722 for the École de Médecine Navale -- but they were not built and organized until years later.
"Different in their themes, the two collections are intimately tied to the history of their respective original establishments.
"The works assembled at the Musée Naval in 1827 were complementary as collections and in addressing their themes, thus comprising a valuable tool for the conservators for whom the institution was an invaluable resource.
"At Rochefort, the themes of surgery and medicine, taught at the school, formed the heart of the collections. These, assembled at the beginning from financial contributions from the students, represented the practicum and reflected the training of health officers from 1722 until the closing of the medical school in 1964.
Over the years the libraries of the Musée National de la Marine have been enriched, modernized, diversified. Today they both are open to the public and constitute, each in its own domain, principal places of reference research. [tr. JK]
And a Note:
I've read through the Hornblower series 4 times -- twice with my eldest son when he was about age 7 and age 10 or perhaps a little later -- our benjamin preferred Br'er Rabbit, with all the accents read-in, many-times-through for that -- then later, for Hornblower, twice more on-my-own, long after both the cadet and his brother had reached their mature and preoccupied adulthoods...
So I know Ushant / Ouessant well, and all the tides and the many winds thereto-pertaining: to have sailed, for or against Napoléon, has been the dream of many a boy, even later-on & a bit more-grown & viewing the seas of Cabo Trafalgar from the comparative safety of the Andalucian shore -- the Taraf al-Gharb, from the Costa de la Luz -- or braving the enormous Pacific swells on the route to Ensenada, day-dreaming of sea-battles.
Brittany, and the Bay of Biscay, figure closely in that 19th and 18th c. sea-faring life: Aubry-Maturin and Robert Louis Stevenson, The Scarlet Pimpernel, my mother's generation trying to figure Continental landing-sites for invasion, and their Continental competitors figuring same for reinforcement and résistance... Many a modern navy commodore first enlisted because his father read him Hornblower.
In our digitized and internetworked world the sea may be our last reserve of a "wildness" which preceded and still may underlie all this precise modern mega-organization -- "In wildness is the preservation of the world," warned Thoreau... And the oceans exhibit their own precision of organization, albeit wild, which defies our imaginations: big as they are -- enormous, like their Great Blue Whales -- no matter what levels of complexity in them we reach, the oceans always entice us further, deeper, smaller, the still-wild animals in their deeps alone defy all our knowledge and understanding so far.
Appreciating all this might best be done along a stormy coast, like that of Brittany -- Bretagne -- on a cold and wet winter day, from a tiny village, assisted by hot soup, a warm fireside, and some little local library and a good book or three.
Jack Kessler, email@example.com
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