Who was Claude Ambroise Seurat It was called "the anatomical man" or "living skeleton". This character who deserved by its light 37 kilos to 1.71 m weight was regarded as a phenomenon that in 1828 a Nantes publishing house he devoted a wafer of eight pages which reproduced in frontispiece the énergumène "x-ray" Forms. "In this century of light where everything tends to perfection, in this century where every phenomenon is seen with so much interest, human that can serve as a basis for the advancement of any science must find in him a case of pride." The book also provides useful indications on its morphology. "When he breathes, its ratings are in motion and when it turns, the two shoulder blades touching almost." Its ratings are drawn to be counted (...). When he eats, he is obliged to support his elbows on the table or on his knees to bring food to the mouth, given the extreme delicacy of his hands and arms (...). "This"interesting Description of Claude Ambroise Seurat"by the count Joseph de Cisse is part of the books shown by the bookseller Jérôme Godon de Lille on its stand in the former book fair in Paris to be held from 19 to 22 may in the House of mutuality. It has the virtue of demonstrate that the event is also financially accessible books. It is sold for 90 euros.
The book market is now the subject of a real upheaval. It is certainly one of the most affected by the phenomenon of the Internet. For Jérôme Godon, "the current market on the Internet, especially on sites such as eBay, offers everything and especially the worst." It was the trade without being declared and proposes parts of poor quality, in poor condition or false. "It is a data that occurs around the world." The consequences are on the market of purely informative books, those that the bookseller called "books of scholarship", as a result, no more requested in trade. Remains rare, valuable or beautiful works, and it is those specifically proposed by the international fair of the former book. It comprises 103 participants among others from the United States, with Netherlands, Germany, and of course a majority of French with a more significant provincial presence only to the usual.
But that is what a book rare There is one rarity is the curiosity of the subject. This is the case of the small book devoted to the leaner man of the world, which has not benefited from a large circulation. There is also the worth of the importance of the name associated with the publication. Example: Bertran de Rouen bookseller offered for sale during the fair a book of the great artist of the Northern Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer, whose drawings are the subject of an exhibition at the moment in the Prado in Madrid. The German artist of the end of the 15th century, the bloated work and outstanding innovation in the field of color, perspective, or the principles of representation of landscapes, animals and the human body, is at the origin of several theoretical treaties. They should be part of an encyclopedia of art, developed during the last years of his life including "The four books of the proportions of the human body" that were published six months after his death in 1528. They constitute a single volume and were the subject of translations which the second edition of the latin to French in 1613 is presented at the international old book fair. 124 sheets with many engravings of the master who examine issues of construction of the design of the body, its variations based on the morphology of man and the woman and the proportions of the body based on movements. According to Etienne Bertran, twenty-five years it is the first time that he has a copy of its kind between the hands. It is sold for 4,200 euros. However, it has the inconvenience of a few coarse designs added by hand, certainly in the 19th century. As a comparison, in a neighboring spirit Leonardo da Vinci had developed, but before Dürer, the principle of what is called "the number of gold", a book on "divine proportion" consisting of a suite of engravings. A copy published in Venice to 1509 was awarded in January last at Artcurial in Paris for 90.000 euros.
The dedication of Prévert
Scarcity can also find its origin in the fact that the author has left a unique mark on the book. This is what fans call a "sends" and novices "dedication" and that transforms an object by multiple gasoline, the book, in a single piece. Thus the Paris Gallery "The nine Muses" offers during the book "Show", a collection of poems published in the NRF in 1951 under the pen of Jacques Prévert. The intrinsic interest of the work, who won his less successful than "Word" published in 1946, is relative. It describes the world of the show which was familiar and a regular copy in an original edition sells for 50 euros approximately. It however bears the inscription "For Claudy." "Jacques" and is accompanied on the cover of a collage Prévert and a woman without head profile. The poet is particularly appreciated for the technique of collage in which he excelled from his surrealist period. In addition the "Claudy" to which belonged the book was his mistress during six years of the war. According to the bookseller is same for Prévert wrote his most famous text "leaves pick shovel." The book is sold for 3,000 euros.
One of the principles which are for the book, to access scarce is the intervention of an artist, in its design. The international fair of the former book, Asterix and installed in Lille and Aix-en-Provence, Didier Deroeux, a former curator of the heritage, offers a unique book of Robert Filliou. Conceptual artist (1926-1987) marked the spirits by a production that works with the concept of the absurd. Indeed, his most famous phrase is: "art is what makes life more interesting than art." The Solstices of Didier Deroeux Bookstore offers a "numbers Album", devised to 1964 and composed on the basis of a book of samples of a burner in which the artist Deputy collages, marks, Chinese shadows, of postcards. This unique piece that is more of a work of art of the book itself is sold for 25,000 euros.
It would perfectly its place in a demonstration to be held in the Bastille district a week later. "artistbook International" (1) is the fifth edition of a travelling exhibition devoted to the artists ' books and books of rare art, from 27 to 29 May. In the premises of the during-Dessert Gallery that is no longer in activity, about 30 international participants show parts in series limited and other little disseminated and become hardly available over time.
In a society which is more up to the image rather than to the word, with the decline of the market of "classic" book of collection some booksellers experienced a decline of 30 , the beautiful book, one that is browsing that it reads, should take a certain importance.