Thursday, 14 November 2013

Livres trésors

These photos were taken at the maze exhibition. The 1674 manuscript book of Charles Perrault's 'Versailles Labyrinth' belonged to king Louis XIV. Left is a superb 1566 book of Aesop's fables. Finally, below, la Fontaine's fables in a 1755-1759 edition.

Ces photos ont été prises à l'expo Le Labyrinthe de Versailles. Ci-dessus, le livre manuscrit de Charles Perrault (1674) sur le labyrinthe, exemplaire personnel de Louis XIV. A gauche, un superbe ouvrage de 1566 des fables d'Esope. Ci-dessous, les Fables de la Fontaine dans une édition de 1755-1759.






19 comments:

William Kendall said...

That's the sort of event I'd love to attend. Beautiful details just from these pictures in the books.

Randy said...

Nice typography.

llandudnopictures said...

Love the illustrations too, wonderful looking books.

Dina said...

Great to see such old and beautiful books. May they live on.

Bergson said...

innestimable

Tanya Breese said...

wow, that's incredible that these books have lasted so long!

Cezar and Léia said...

I love the historical book, so precious!Love your first image as well, it's beautiful!
A very interesting exhibition, I would like to visit.
Léia

Barbara Farr said...

Wonderful collection.

Kate said...

Beautiful illustrations. Such gorgeous visuals!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

They are in amazing condition for their age!

VP said...

They are amazing and perfectly kept!

Stuart said...

Those are fantastic. The labor costs that went into producing these works could never be replicated in today's economies. Now, these would have to be on a web site... with advertising.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

This is amazing!! 1566??!!

RedPat said...

They are so lovely! I doubt any ereader will be around in 450 years.

Bob Crowe said...

I could in theory read these on my iPad, but I'd lose all the pleasure of the touch and smell.

Gunn said...

Fantastic !

EG CameraGirl said...

The illustrations are magical.

Jack said...

Old books are true works of art, aren't they?

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Precious volumes Ciel.. hard to imagine their story oui!