Exposition patrimoniale

Uncovering books

From bookbinding to the history of books at the Old Library.

Uncovering books

This exhibition of historic books from the Old Library focuses on bindings and the myriad of information that can be gleaned from studying the covers of these books. Bookbinding bears testimony to the past, a past that is familiar to us: we constantly see book spines on a library bookshelf or in bookshops that hold ancient and rare books. Examining bookbinding takes us on a journey as we follow the trail from the beginning of a book’s life to its final destination. It allows us to take a glimpse at decorative arts, to wander into the homes of book owners, to browse through the different libraries where the books are stocked, either lying flat, upright, with or without call numbers, classified, grouped together according to category depending on the owner’s personal criteria. This exhibition sheds light on the history of the Old Library collections of the Centre Culturel Irlandais, on the history of bookbinding, books and even libraries while inviting the book lover to browse, to reflect, to admire…

Scientific direction : Cécile Capot, PhD in History, student librarian at Enssib, fellow of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in 2013