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"L'habit fait-il le livre ancien? Reliures et éditions classiques chez les bibliophiles français du XIXe siècle", p. 119-130

Abstract : In the 1820s, the massive upcoming of books taken from aristocratic libraries during the revolutionary seizures led to a shift in bibliophilic taste, which promoted a retrospective approach; from this moment on, book collectors tended almost exclusively towards buying seventeenth and eigteenth-century editions. As a result, the presence of an ancient book-binding, as well-preserved as possible, became of vital importance. According to the kind of leather and the type of gilding involved, the binding could be compared to a window display able to convey to the informed amateur the historical identity of the volume enclosed in it. Whenever kept intact, an ancient book-binding is therefore likely to prepare or even programme a certain reception, encouraging its owner to focus on conservation issues. Old book-bindings can be regarded as keys to understanding the way in which nineteenth-century French bibliophiles used to collect editions from the Ancien Régime.
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Marine Le Bail. "L'habit fait-il le livre ancien? Reliures et éditions classiques chez les bibliophiles français du XIXe siècle", p. 119-130. Book Practices & Textual Itineraries, PUN, 2019, L'habillage du livre et du texte aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, Nicolas Brucker, Pierre Degott et Anne-Elisabeth Spica dir. ⟨halshs-02175844⟩

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