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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

1.23.2012

Collecting Books

 [Photography by James Fennell from The Irish Country House courtesy Vendome Press 2010.]

I've always found James Fennell's photo of disheveled books at Huntington Castle beautiful but I'm guessing Isabelle de Conihout, Curator of Rare Books at the Bibliothèque Mazarine in Paris and a specialist in bookbinding history and book collecting, would tell us this arrangement is kind of rough on the volume's softly colored spines.

She'll be in New York tomorrow night, January 24, at The Bard Graduate Center for a talk: Cardinal Mazarin: A Great Collector of Art and Books in Seventeenth-Century France. In addition to his serious passion for art, Mazarin had a thirst for books. His personal library was ultimately opened to the public, overseen by librarian/scholar Gabriel Naudé (1600-1653), and grew to become the Bibliothèque Mazarine. Details on the 6 p.m. lecture here.

7 comments:

Emile de Bruijn said...

Wonderful photograph, could be a great illustration to the subject of 'chaos theory' :) Come to think of it, many old family collections are illustrations of chaos theory...

Emile de Bruijn said...

By the way, I just forwarded the link to the Met's Connections web page (http://bit.ly/dEEeoR) to various colleagues, as a wonderful example of online videos of curators talking passionately about objects. We are trying to improve our website and it would be so good if we could achieve something similar. I first learned of Connections through a post on Style Court, so thanks again!

Style Court said...

Emile -- so glad to hear it!

Style Court said...

Sorry, I was reading comments out of order. Yes, chaos theory encapsulated! It's such a great shot.

home before dark said...

Sigh...with this remodel project being in the year of the Dragon...as in drag on and on, I am most wistful to have my books out of storage and stacked everywhere. I personally feel nothing says home, like books, books and more books!

Style Court said...

HBD -- I second that!

Always a treat when you stop by. Hope the project comes to fruition soon :)

lifeloveluxe said...

I stopped by Shakespeare & Co in Paris and absolutely adored their stacks and stacks of books, piled haphazardly yet beautifully. I so wish I could make the lecture tonight! One of the thrills of living in NYC: too many events to choose from ;)