The purpose of this blog is to present and analyze objects, not opinions. Typical entries are built around unique or rare, unknown or neglected artifacts encountered during research in various (physical and/or digital) collections and archives. The commentary aims to be accurate and informative, but by no means definitive. All corrections and comments are welcome.
The main focus is French culture during the "long seventeenth century" (ca. 1598-1715), but occasional excursions into other areas are not excluded.
30 March 2019
Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, baronne d’Aulnoy, died in Paris on January 13, 1705 – this has been known for a long time. But when was she born? The traditional...
17 October 2018
Six months ago this blog presented the very rare first edition of Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy’s Les Contes des fées, of which a complete set (including engraved frontispieces...