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Topographie d'une bibliothèque : les livres de Julien Brodeau, avocat au Parlement de Paris (1583-1653)

Abstract : The inventory of the library of the lawyer Julien Brodeau, drawn up in 1658 on the occasion of the marriage of his son Julien II, is an exceptional document for two main reasons : it is complete and it reflects the classification of books whose titles are described with sufficient precision to allow the identification of most of them. The approximately 6,000 volumes that make up the Brodeau’s library represent a wealth of information that has required the development of appropriate tools. In order to measure the library’s content and to perform cross-calculations with other data, it was necessary to adopt a classification system sufficiently close to that of the library so as not to distort it. We have used the classification of the bookseller Brunet reviewed by the historian and librarian Henri-Jean Martin. The approximately 300 books that were found from the Brodeau’s library showed that this library, although encyclopaedic, was a library of study. Less subject to the fashion phenomenon than the state libraries, it reveals a number of religious and political options of its author. We have painted the life of this library from its origin until its scattering in 1698 through the life of the Brodeau family and its social evolution. This allowed not only to determine the causes of its scattering but to situate it in the Parisian society of the time. Sign of openness of mind of its author, the Brodeau’s library was an object shared by scholars of different persuasions in order to serve the legal science inherited from the humanists.
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Yves Le Guillou. Topographie d'une bibliothèque : les livres de Julien Brodeau, avocat au Parlement de Paris (1583-1653). Histoire. Université Paris sciences et lettres, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017PSLEP030⟩. ⟨tel-02106681⟩

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