Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Albert Camus at 100

The lobby in Green Library is one of the stops of a new, multimedia exhibit on Albert Camus, the most translated French author, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The seven-poster display offers visitors an intimate peek into his life and work through a series of QR codes linked to copyrighted material.

The exhibit, rotating on display through Silicon Valley at universities including Stanford, UCSC, and the University of Santa Clara, as well as multiple corporate campuses, provides over an hour's worth of curated content, including never before released photos from Camus' publisher, Gallimard.

Camus, the writer of posthumously published "The First Man" and widely read "The Stranger", opposed nihilism and existentialism in favor of a persistent individual ethic. The exhibit, produced by the Institut Français, is designed to engage viewers speaking French, English, Spanish, Chinese, or Arabic and will be displayed in 40 countries. The Alliance Française Silicon Valley, one of the first groups world-wide handling its distribution, worked with Stanford's French Students Association and Stanford librarians Sarah Sussman (French) and John Rawlings (Philosophy) to make its display at SUL possible.

In conjunction with the exhibit, a selection of books by Camus and relating to his life - on the Algerian War and its cultural impact, on French intellectual life, as well as fiction by French and francophone authors in English translation, are ready for you to peruse and check out. And check out the catalog for more books on and about Camus -

Words Without Borders December 2013 issue - Oulipo

Words Without Borders is a wonderful monthly literary e-magazine, specializing in translation of short pieces of foreign writing into English, with a small print publishing program, too. This month's issue focuses on current pieces by the members of Oulipo, including Olivier Salon, Michèle Métail, Anne F. Garréta, and others. In addition to the Oulipo works, the issue contains news writing from Sudan. Given Stanford's new Translation Studies program, this is a great resource to know about. You can subscribe to get email updates each month.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Leo S. Olschki e-books collection

The records for the Leo S. Olschki E-books Collection have been loaded to Searchworks. This collection includes all monographs and conference proceedings published by this prestigious publisher since 2000. You can search "Leo S. Olschki E-books Collection" in SearchWorks to browse the collection. Individual records, with links to the e-books, will appear when you search the catalog. Here's some more information about this great new resource for scholars!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

French government publications - some handy guides

Figuring out the various departments, ministries, and divisions of the French government is not easy - and figuring out their publications and where to find them can confuse even the most experienced researchers. Help is on the way with a guide from the BnF:

Publications officielles
Handy tabs bring together key websites and organizational structures for:

  • le Journal officiel 
  • Government publications
  • Jurisdictions
  • Statistics
  • Public Agencies (such as the Banque de France, the CNIL, etc.)

For a guide to more historical primary sources, the British Library has a very useful Guide to French government documents, downloadable as a PDF.
It focuses on the holdings of the main UK Libraries, but is extremely information for title/series information.
Stanford's French official document holdings
Stanford's collection of French 18th Century Judicial and Administrative Sources

And many more pamphlets, circulars, ordinances, etc. can be found in Searchworks.

Monday, October 7, 2013

New Arrivals in French and Italian Studies

A selection of books that have recently made their way to the library . . .

Italian Works

Bertella Farnetti, Paolo, Mignemi, Adolfo, & Triulzi, Alessandro. L'impero nel cassetto : l'Italia coloniale tra album privati e archivi pubblici. Milano: Mimesis, 2013.

Edsel, Robert M. Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures From the Nazis. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2013.

Dickie, John, Mafia Republic: Italy's Criminal Curse : Cosa Nostra, Camorra and 'ndrangheta From 1946 to the Present. London : Sceptre, 2013.

Palma, Pina. Savoring Power, Consuming the Times: The Metaphors of Food In Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013.

Sapienza, Goliarda, and Anne Milano Appel. The Art of Joy. London : Penguin Books, 2013.

Wrigley, Richard, Roman Fever: Influence, Infection, and the Image of Rome, 1700-1870. New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2013.

French Works

Blanchaud, Corinne. Dictionnaire des écrivains francophones classiques : Belgique, Canada, Québec, Luxembourg, Suisse romande. Paris: Champion, 2013.

Bois, Jean-Pierre. La Loire, la guerre et les hommes : histoire géopolitique et militaire d'un fleuve : actes du colloque tenu au musée du Génie, Angers, 2012. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, réseau des universités de l'Ouest Atlantique, 2013.

Coutansais, Cyrille P. Atlas des empires maritimes. Paris: CNRS, 2013.

Doyle, William, France and the Age of Revolution: Regimes Old and New From Louis XIV to Napoleon Bonaparte. London: I.B. Tauris, 2013.

Dubreuil, Laurent, David Fieni, and Laurent Dubreuil. Empire of Language: Toward a Critique of (post)colonial Expression. English ed. Ithaca, New York ; London : Cornell University Press, 2013.

Forsé, Michel. L'égalité: une passion française?. Paris: Colin, 2013.

Gray, Floyd, Montaigne et les livres. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2013.

Grossel, Marie-Geneviève. Les chansons de trouvères : formes, registres, genres : secondes journées valenciennoises autour des chansons en langue d'oïl, l'art des trouvères. Valenciennes: Presses universitaires de Valenciennes, 2012.

Le Clézio, Jean-Marie Gustave. The African. Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher,

Higbee, Will, Post-Beur Cinema: North African émigré and Maghrebi-French Filmmaking In France Since 2000. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2013.

Kristeva, Julia, David Uhrig, and Christina Kkona. Pulsions du temps. [Paris]: Fayard, 2013.

Lenzini, José. Mouloud Feraoun: un écrivain engagé. Arles: Solin, 2013.

Losse, Deborah N., Montaigne and Brief Narrative Form: Shaping the Essay. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Memmi, Albert, & Butré, Anick. Eloge des femmes : les coplas du jeune homme amoureux. [Neuilly-sur-Seine]: Al Manar, Alain Gorius, 2013.

Munier, Paul. La ressemblance des humains : l'oeuvre d'Élisabeth Badinter. [Meaux]: Germina, 2013.

NDiaye, Marie. All My Friends. Translated by Jordan Stump. San Francisco: Two Lines Press, 2013.

Schneider, Anne. La littérature de jeunesse migrante : récits d'immigration de l'Algérie à la France. Paris: Harmattan, 2013.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Montesquieu Dictionary

The Montesquieu Dictionary (formerly the Dictionnaire électronique Montesquieu) has been updated, and is now available in either French or English!


This free online resource (from the CNRS/ENS-Lyon) contains essays written by specialists in the field on topics related to Montesquieu, including his works, members of his intellectual circle, and concepts or places important to his writings and life. Essays are accompanied by a scholarly bibliography and references to the Voltaire Foundation/ENS/Classiques Garnier edition of the Oeuvres complètes. This is a great resource for either the specialist or for students, now that it is available in English!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Cécile Alduy on Marine Le Pen

Stanford French professor Cécile Alduy has been working lately on contemporary French politics and society, specifically on women and politics and ideas of the nation. Here's her article on Marine Le Pen, "The Devil's Daughter" that just came out in the Atlantic Monthly:


Monday, September 16, 2013

New Arrivals in French and Italian Studies

A selection of books that have recently made their way to the library . . .

French Works

Buti, Gilbert., and Philippe Hrodej. Dictionnaire des corsaires et des pirates. Paris: CNRS, 2013.

Cheng, François, Jacques Roubaud, Michel Deguy, Alain Borer, Jacques Réda, Marie-Claire Bancquart, Michel Butor, et al. Défense et illustration de la langue française aujourd'hui. Paris: Gaillard, 2013.

Cordillot, Michel. Utopistes et exilés du Nouveau Monde : des Français aux États-Unis, de 1848 à la Commune. Paris: Vendémiaire, 2013.

Dufour-Maître, Myriam. Héros ou personnages? : le personnel du théâtre de Pierre Corneille. Mont-Saint-Aignan: Publications des universités de Rouen et du Havre, 2013.

Feilla, Cecilia. The Sentimental Theatre of the French Revolution. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2013.

Lindner, Christoph, and Andrew Hussey. Paris-Amsterdam Underground: Essays On Cultural Resistance, Subversion, and Diversion. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2013.

Malraux, André, Henri Godard, and Jean-Louis Jeannelle. "Non" : fragments d'un roman sur la Résistance. [Paris]: Gallimard, 2013.

Oliver, Bette Wyn, Surviving the French Revolution: A Bridge across Time. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2013.

Polyné, Millery, The Idea of Haiti: Rethinking Crisis and Development. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Roberts, Penny. Peace and Authority During the French Religious Wars: C.1560-1600. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Sherman, Carol L., Reading Olympe De Gouges. First edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

St-Martin, A., & Viselli, Santé A. Les lumières au-delà des Alpes et des Pyrénées : communications, transferts et échanges. Paris: Hermann, 2013.

Verne, Jules, Teri J. Hernández, and Arthur B. Evans. Travel Scholarships. Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, 2013.

Italian Works

Calvino, Italo., Michael Wood, and M. L McLaughlin. Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985, Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013].

Cavallo, Jo Ann, The World Beyond Europe In the Romance Epics of Boiardo and Ariosto. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Cox, Virginia. Lyric Poetry by Women of the Italian Renaissance. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Ferrari, Chiara, The Rhetoric of Violence and Sacrifice In Fascist Italy: Mussolini, Gadda, Vittorini. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Gundle, Stephen, Christopher Duggan, and Giuliana Pieri. The Cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italians. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2013.

Masciandaro, Franco, The Stranger As Friend: The Poetics of Friendship In Homer, Dante, and Boccaccio. Firenze, Italy: Firenze University Press, 2013.

Negri, Antonio, Giuseppe Caccia, Jason E. Smith, Isabella Bertoletti, James Cascaito, and Andrea Casson. The Winter Is Over: Writings On Transformation Denied, 1989-1995. Los Angeles : Semiotext(e), 2013.

Orlandi, Angela. "Ora diremo di Napoli" : i traffici dell'area campana nei manuali di commercio. Firenze, Italy: Firenze University Press, 2012.

Scarton, Elisabetta. Corrispondenza degli ambasciatori fiorentini a Napoli. Salerno: Carlone, 2002.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Recently Acquired Rare and Antiquarian Materials

As the new academic year dawns, we present a collection of works acquired over the summer that promises to satisfy scholarly tastes ranging from the historian's to the statistician's.  Of particular interest is Leandro Alberti's famous chronicle of Bologna, a city with a history so long that Alberti only made it to 1253 before death, the ultimate deadline, overtook him.  Social scientists will be happy to note the acquisition of the Belgian astonomer and statistician Adolphe Quetelet's Physique sociale, ou essai sur le développement des facultés de l'homme, a work that is remembered today as a milestone in the study of 'human statistics' and the 'average man'.  For those who fancy man at his extremes, we again showcase Ovidian metamorphosis with Marolles' famous Le temple des Muses, as illustrated by the extraordinary early 18th-century illustrator Picart.

Photo by Sarah Sussman, SUL
Alberti, Leandro. Libro primo [-decimo] della deca prima delle historie di Bologna. Bologna: Per Bartholomeo Bonardo e Marc Antonio Grossi, 1541.
Photo by Sarah Sussman, SUL

"First edition of this important chronicle of the author's hometown of Bologna in ten parts which cover the period up to 1247.  Bound at the end is the separately published eleventh fascicle, and the last published by the author, bringing the chronicle up to 1253. . . .  Leandro Alberti (1479-1552) was an Italian Dominican historian. . . .  He was a close friend of most of the contemporary literati, who frequently consulted him."

Two small manuscript collections documenting  the impact of French Revolution on various sections of the French population  - these would be great sources for students interested in working hands-on with manuscript primary sources of the era:

Collection of 11 manuscript documents: letters, declarations, proceedings of a police search for weapons, executed on the properties of De Bon, Chevalier de Saint-Louis, commander of the Garde Nationale in Savignac (Gers), in June 1791. 11 pieces, forming 42 pp.
Includes pieces by De Bon, and pieces addressed to him.  Some pieces have marginal notes and comments in a different hand, and there is a list of executed people included which carries this note at the end: "on voudra bien observer que dans les départmens on s'est contenté seulement de faire un inventaire des armes qui se trouvoient chez les differens particuliers sans les enlever." 

Section 'Homme-Arme' - 
Manuscript originating from the 'Section de l'homme armé' of the '7e administration municipale deparée' sub-section 'des enfants rouges', providing the lists of names of people who had a right to vote and the voting results, dated 27 february 1792. 7 pp. - (Followed by:) Voting list of the Assemblée générale of the Section des Enfants Rouges of March 2, 1792. 11 pp. - (Followed by:) A list of March 8, 1792. 1 page. - (Followed by:) Short proceedings of meetings of May 14, May 15, June 5June 10June 12June 19June 26June 27July 8July 21July 24July 25, July 29, July 31, and August 3, 1792, all including lists of members present at the meetings. 
'Sections' were basic political divisions and centers of Revolutionary activity in Paris. They played a dual role: first as geographic and administrative subdivisions of the municipality, and second, as foyers of the Revolution. The large number of poor in the sections, underestimated at 10 percent of the population, led to the establishment of lay committees on poverty (see at length: Historical Dictionary of the French Revolution, ii, pp. 885-889.) The lists of March 1792 contain the names of the citizens who have voted for the nomination of 7 commissaires of the Section, with the counting.

Photo by Sarah Sussman, SUL
Maison LeClaire - Extrait du recueil de notes sur les abus introduits dans la peinture en bâtiment, ainsi que dans la dorure, la tenture et la vitrerie; avec les moyens de les prévenir et de les faire cesser. Suivi d'un règlement d'ouvriers. Paris, CarilianGoeury, 1841. (16) pp, 3-33 pp. (complete). - (Followed by:) DES AMELIORATIONS qu'il serait possible d'apporter dans le sort des ouvriers peintres en bâtiments, suivies des réglements d'administration et de répartition des bénéfices que produit le travail, et mis en pratique en 1842 dans sa maison. Paris, Ve Bouchard-Huzard, 1843. 61 pp. - (Followed by:) DIALOGUES sur la concurrence sans limites dans la peinture en bâtiments, ainsi que dans le dorure, la tenture et la vitrerie. Paris, Carilian-Goeury, 1842. (4), 36 pp. - (Followed by:) COMPTE RENDU aux clients de sa maison des résultats qu'ils lui ont aidé à obtenir pour le bien-être de ses ouvriers. Société de secours mutuels intéressée dans une entreprise industrielle. Participation de l'ouvrier aux bénéfices du patron. Paris, Ve Bouchard-Huzard, 1865. 31 pp. - (Followed by:) SUPPLEMENT au compte rendu. Paris, Ve Bouchard-Huzard, 1867. 20 pp. - (Followed by:) SOCIETE DE SECOURS MUTUELS des ouvriers et employés de la maison Leclaire. 28e assemblée générale annuelle, 5 mai 1867. Discours prononcé par M. Barral, ouvrier peintre en lettres. Paris, Ve BouchardHuzard, 1867. 16 pp. - (Followed by:) PROCES-VERBAL de la 29e assemblée générale de la Société de prévoyance et de secours mutuels des ouvriers et employés de la maison Leclaire. 3 mai 1868. Paris, Ve Bouchard-Huzard, (1868). 40 pp. - (Followed by:) MAISON LECLAIRE devenue A. Defournaux et Cie. Société de secours mutuels intéressée dans une entreprise industrielle. Association de l'ouvrier aux bénéfices du patron. Règlement de la maison. Règlement de la Société de prévoyance et de secours mutuels des ouvriers et employés de la maison Leclaire. Paris, Ve Bouchard-Huzard, Guillaumin et Cie., 1873. xxvi, 142 pp. - (Followed by:) REGLEMENT de la Société de prévoyance et de secours mutuels pour les ouvriers peintres de la maison Leclaire, autorisée par décision du Ministre de l'intérieur (no 160), en date du 28 septembre 1838. Paris, Ve BouchardHuzard, 1854. 16 pp. - (Followed by:) REGLEMENT à observer dans les ateliers par les ouvriers et employés. Paris, Ve Bouchard-Huzard, 1854.

Photo by Sarah Sussman, SUL
Very rare and very interesting: Maison Leclaire was the first company to apply worker's participation in the profits of the company and which also maintained a system of mutual insurance and mutual aid. The system of Leclaire served as a model for Louis Blanc in the 4th edition of his 'Organisation du travail' (1845). There exists a short treatise on Leclaire’s schemes for his workers: Mary H. Hart, A Brief Sketch of the Maison Leclaire and its founder (1882). A highly interesting collection.

Marolles, Michel de, Bernard Picart, Jacques Favereau, Abraham van Diepenbeeck, Cornelis Bloemaert, and La Barre de Beaumarchais. Le temple des Muses: orné de LX tableaux où sont représentés les evenemens les plus remarquables de l'antiquité fabuleuse. Amsterdam: Chez Zacharie Chatelain, 1749. 

Among the leading illustrators of the 18th century, Bernard Picart bridged the era between the late Baroque and the emerging trends of his own day.  The illustrations update Marolles' important collection of classic stories derived from Ovid's Metamorphosis.

Quetelet, A. Physique sociale, ou essai sur le développement des facultés de l'homme. Bruxelles, C. Muquardt; Paris, J.B. Baillière et fils; Saint Petersbourg, Issakoff, 1869.

Photo by Sarah Sussman, SUL
The revised and enlarged edition of Sur l'homme et le développement de ses facultés (1835) with much new material.  The first to promote the study of human statistics in France, Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874), Belgian astronomer and statistician. He received instruction from Laplace in the theory of probability while he was in Paris to study the methods of practical astronomy. Quetelet's influence on statistics came first of all from his practical work in census taking, the practical rules developed by him still forming the basis of modern census work. In addition he was largely responsible for the extension of statistical study from such physical facts as population, economic resources and the like to the wide field of 'moral statistics', which includes the whole realm of acts determined by moral or psychological factors. In the field of theory Quetelet is known above all for his conception of the homme moyen or average man, a conception which in its positive contribution represents the application of the Gaussian normal law of error to the analysis of distributions of data on human characteristics. As a pioneering conception, however, Quetelet's doctrine was inevitably couched in metaphysical terms-as a theory of social determination through a hypostatized abstraction.

Monday, August 12, 2013

New Arrivals in French and Italian Studies

A selection of books that have recently made their way to the library . . .

Italian Works

Brugnolo, Furio, & Fassanelli, Rachele. La lirica moderna : momenti, protagonisti, interpretazioni : atti del XXXIX Convegno interuniversitario (Bressanone/Innsbruck, 13-16 luglio 2011). Padova: Esedra, 2012.

Vivanti, Corrado. Niccolò Machiavelli: An Intellectual Biography. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Dante Alighieri, and Clive James. The Divine Comedy. New York: Liveright, 2013.

Revelli, Nuto. Mussolini's Death March: Eyewitness Accounts of Italian Soldiers On the Eastern Front. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2013.

French Works

Boulaâbi, Ridha. Les Orientaux face aux orientalismes. Paris: Geuthner, 2013.

Brodziak, Sylvie. Haïti: ejeux d'écritures. Saint-Denis: Presses universitaires de Vincennes, 2013.

Campa, Laurence. Guillaume Apollinaire. [Paris]: Gallimard, 2013.

Cerisier, Alban. La Nouvelle Revue française : les colloques du centenaire : Paris, Bourges, Caen. [Paris]: Gallimard, 2013.

Cohen-Solal, Annie, Une renaissance sartrienne. [Paris]: Gallimard, 2013.

Cordier, Daniel., and Paulin Ismard. De L'Histoire à l'histoire. [Paris]: Gallimard, 2013.

Delbo, Charlotte. Qui rapportera ces paroles : et autres écrits inédits. New ed. [Paris]: Fayard, 2013.

Gefen, Alexandre., and Tiphaine Samoyault. La taille des romans. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2012.

Leiris, Michel, Jacques Baron, Patrice Allain, and Gabriel Parnet. Correspondance. [Nantes]: Joseph K., 2013.

Parker, Lindsay A. H. Writing the Revolution: A French Woman's History In Letters. New York : Oxford University Press, [2013].

Pharo, Patrick. Ethica erotica : mariage et prostitution. Paris: Presses de la Fondation nationale des sciences politiques, 2013.

Vray, Nicole. Jeanne d'Albret et Henri IV : mère et fils, reine de Navarre et roi de France : la foi et l'ambiguïté. Lyon: Olivétan, 2013.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Arrivals in French and Italian Studies

A selection of books that have recently made their way to the library . . .

French Works

Essif, Les. American "unculture" In French Drama: Homo Americanus and the Post-1960 French Resistance. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Laboulais, Isabelle. La maison des mines: la genèse révolutionnaire d'un corps d'ingénieurs civils (1794-1814). Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2012.

Le Bras, Laurence. Guy Debord: un art de la guerre. [Paris]: Bibliothèque national de France, 2013.

Millecam, Jean-Pierre, Années Camus: Mémoires. Paris: Pierre-Guillaume de Roux, 2013.

Montoya, Alicia. Medievalist Enlightenment: From Charles Perrault to Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
[Cambridge]: D.S. Brewer, 2013.

Morrey, Douglas. Michel Houllebecq: Humanity and Its Aftermath. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013.

Taguieff, Pierre-André. Dictionnaire historique et critique du racisme. 1re éd. Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2013.

Vargas, Fred The Ghost Riders of Ordebec. London: Harvill Secker, 2013.

Italian Works

Bianchi, Alessandro. Al servizio del principe : diplomazia e corte nel ducato di Mantova, 1665-1708. 1. ed. Milano: UNICOPLI, 2012.

Costantini, Roberto, and N. S. Thompson. The Deliverance of Evil. London: Quercus, 2013.

Gaylard, Susan. Hollow Men: Writing, Objects, and Public Image In Renaissance Italy. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

Misan-Montefiore, Jacques. The Commedia dell'arte from Arlecchino to Our Times. Pisa: F. Serra, 2013.

Païni, Dominique. Lo sguardo di Michelangelo Antonioni e le arti. Ferrara: Ferrara arte, 2013.

Pontremoli, Alessandro. La danza nelle corti di antico regime : modelli culturali e processi di ricezione fra natura e arte. Bari: Edizioni di Pagina, 2012.

Smith, Gregory, and Jan Gadeyne. Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2013.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Recently Aquired Rare and Antiquarian Materials

Whether you plan to fall in love this summer, take a cruise, or imagine the Devil's take on Voltaire, you will find inspiration in Stanford's most recent acquisitions of rare and antiquarian materials.  We have also added to our collection a work by Laura Bassi, many of whose family papers have now been digitized in a joint collaboration between the Stanford University Libraries and the Biblioteca Comunale dell'Archiginnasio, in Bologna, Italy.

Bassi, Laura Maria Caterina., and Gaetano Tacconi. D. O. M. Laura Maria Catharina Bassi, ... se suaque philosophica studia humiliter D. D. D. (Disputabuntur publice die 17 aprilis 1732.). Bononiae: ex typ. L. a Vulpe.

A welcome addition from the works of the distinguished physical scientist of 18th-century Bologna, active participant in the Republic of Letters and first woman to be appointed a professor in a European university.  Students and scholars interested in Bassi's extraordinary life will find a magnificent archival resource, the Bassi-Veratti Collection, available at the click of a mouse, thanks to a collaboration between the Biblioteca Comunale dell'Archiginnasio in Bologna, Italy, and the Stanford University Libraries.

Giraud, C.-M. Epitre du diable, a M. De V***. Vienne: Chez le Libraire de la Cour, 1760.

Ledvinca, Nico. Remi sull’Adriatico : storia di una crociera. Milano: Editrice la Quercia, 1933.

Stampa, Gaspara, Collaltino di Collalto, and Vinciguerra II di Collalto. Rime di Madonna Gaspara Stampa con alcune altre di Collaltino, e di Vinciguerra conti di Callalto: e di Baldassare Stampa: Giuntovi diversi componimenti di vari autori in lodi della medesima. Venezia: Piacentini, 1738.

A splendid edition of Gaspara Stampa's Rime. Born in Padua and resident in Venice, Stampa was certainly one of the most important female poets of the sixteenth century and embodied the Renaissance ideals of extraordinary learning and active participation in the cultural circles of her day.  Originally published in 1554 not long after her death in the same year, the work was dedicated to the great lyric poet Giovanni della Casa, fellow resident of Venice and author of the most influential late Renaissance treatise on manners, Il Galatea.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

nice article on French literary blogs

... in the Magazine littéraire

Highlighted blogs include:
De Litteris
La lettrine

You can find the most recent issues of Magazine littéraire in the book racks just past the IC desk, along with Lire, Books: l'actualité des livres du monde, and the Nouvel Obs

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Arrivals in French and Italian Studies

A selection of books that have recently made their way to the library . . .

Italian Works

Avati, Pupi. La grande invenzione : un'autobiografia. 1. ed. [Milan, Italy]: Rizzoli, 2013.

Cerami, Vincenzo, Alla luce del sole. 1. ed. Milano: Mondadori, 2013.

Muñiz Muñiz, Maria de las Nieves. L'immagine riflessa : percezione nazionale e trame intertestuali fra Italia e Spagna : da Petrarca a Montale, da Garcilaso a Guillén. Firenze: F. Cesati, 2012.

Tabucchi, Antonio, and Anna Dolfi. Di tutto resta un poco: letteratura e cinema. 1. ed. in "Le comete." Milano: G. Feltrinelli, 2013.

French Works

Buot, François. Gay Paris: une histoire du Paris interlope entre 1900 et 1940. [Paris]: Fayard, 2013.

Catani, Damian, Evil: A History In Modern French Literature and Thought. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.

Chalvidant, Jean. Secrets d'ETA. Paris: J. Picollec, 2012.

Dufief, Pierre-Jean, and Marie Perrin-Daubard, eds. Violence politique et littérature au XIXe siècle. Paris: Manuscrit, 2012.

Jaccottet, Philippe. Taches de soleil, ou d'ombre : notes sauvegardées : 1952-2005. [Paris]: Bruit du temps, 2013.

Jouanna, Arlette. The Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre: The Mysteries of a Crime of State (24 August 1572). 1st English-language ed. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013.

Louis, Édouard., and Annie Ernaux. Pierre Bourdieu: L'insoumission en héritage. 1re éd. Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2013.

Open Roads, Closed Borders: The Contemporary French-Language Road Movie. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2013.

Ricci, Maria Teresa. Figures et langages de la marginalité aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles: actes du colloque d'octobre 2010. Paris: Champion, 2013.

Saint-Amand, Denis. La littérature à l'ombre : sociologie du zutisme. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2012.

Trouillot, Lyonel. Le doux parfum des temps à venir. 1re éd. Arles: Actes sud, 2013.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Au revoir, Georges

Chansonnier, poet, songwriter Georges Moustaki passed away this week...
I saw him perform in Paris in a small club in 2000 -
Here are a few titles at the library about him and by him.

Pelle, André., and Georges Moustaki. The Colours of Alexandria. Alexandria, Egypt: Harpocrates, 2005.

Calvet, Louis Jean, Georges Moustaki: La Ballade Du Métèque. [Paris?]: Fayard, 2004.

Moustaki, Georges. Petite Rue Des Bouchers: Roman. [Paris]: Editions de Fallois, 2001.

Moustaki, Georges., Georges Moustaki, and Siegfried Meir. Fils Du Brouillard. Paris: Fallois, 2000.

Piaf, Edith, Edith Piaf Song Collection. Milwaukee, WI: H. Leonard Corp., 199.

Kaplan, Nelly., Georges Moustaki, Bernadette Lafont, and Julien Guiomar. A Very Curious Girl.(film)

Moustaki, Georges., and Cécile Barthélemy. Georges Moustaki. Paris: P. Seghers, 1970.

Moustaki, Georges., and Mariella Righini. Questions a La Chanson. [Paris] Stock, 1973.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Recently Acquired Rare and Antiquarian Materials

This month's rare and antiquarian materials bring together summer reading for all tastes, including, appropriately enough, Giovanni Lapi's treatise on why Rome, contrary to popular opinion, need not be avoided during the summer and Cadet de Vaux's helpful study on the dangers of burying the dead in town--another good reason to visit Rome at any time, since the eternal city even in antiquity had required the vast majority of the dead to be buried outside the city walls. For those whose pleasure reading privileges the heroic, we feature two works by women: Alexandrine Sophie de Bawr's collection of stories and Teresa Bandettini's translation of the Posthomerica by Quintus of Smyrna. Finally, if your tastes, regardless of the season, incline toward science, we have the Duchess of Parma's precautions in a time of cholera and Terrien's study of hysteria and neurasthenia among peasants, which, à propos of longer and warmer days, he attributes in part to consuming too much white wine!

 Bawr, Alexandrine Sophie de, Histoires Fausses Et Vraies ... Paris: Librairie de Fournier, 1835.

"Uncommon first edition of this collection of seven stories, one of which, Le Schelling, is set in Dumfriesshire, Scotland and four others which contain female heroes’ names in the titles. Alexandrine-Sophie Goury de Champgrand, Countess Saint-Simon, baroness Bawr (1773-1860) had been married first to Saint Simon, the political theorist and founder of the eponymous utopian movement, and later to the Russian-German count Bawr, who died in 1810 in a carriage accident. She was a composer, pianist and performer of Lieder and operas, playwright, and author. With the publication of the essay Histoire de musique which appeared in the periodical Encyclopédie des dames in 1823 she became the first female historian of music."

Cadet de Vaux, Antonio Alexis. (1785). Essai historique sur les lieux et les dangers des sépultures & des inhumations dans les villes & dans les églises. Paris: chez la Veuve Valade, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1785.

"Rare first edition of this treatise by the renowned French chemist and philanthropist Antonio Cadet de Vaux, on the dangers of burial sites in towns and churches. Cadet de Vaux opens: “The dangers of tombs in churches, or in cemeteries placed at the heart of towns, has long excited the zeal of several famous doctors. Nonetheless, the abuse continues”. He discusses the traditional reasons for burials in occupied areas, and the history of the regulations surrounding the practice, before describing some of the dangers associated with burial in confined spaces. One instance he reports is the case of 149 mourners out of 170 who were the victim of a putrid fever after attending a burial at Saulieu in Burgundy, while he also notes the deaths of 15 people after the burial of a village squire near Nantes."

Lapi, Giovanni Girolamo. Ragionamento contra la volgare opinione di non potere venire a Roma nella estate …. Roma: Stamperia di Antonio de’ Rossi, 1749.

"Rare first edition of this essay on the air of Rome and its environs, by the Roman doctor and author Giovanni Girolamo Lapi. It was common practice among those who could afford it to leave Rome during the summer, and the popular view, as Lapi notes, is that “nobody should come to Rome during the summer, if he does not wish to be at risk of becoming dangerously ill”. Lapi examines the climate, the city’s topography, the use of technologies such as aquaducts, and his observations on disease, while drawing on historical evidence from writers dating from Cicero’s time onwards, to show that Rome is perfectly healthy during summer; or at least not sufficiently hazardous to merit leaving (he does describe some of the illnesses that are common in the city, and means of treating them).  Lapi also published works on the treatment of smallpox and on Roman flint."

Maria Luisa, Duchess of Parma. DISPOSIZIONE SOVRANA che prescrive delle cautele sanitarie per tener lontano il Cholera morbus. Parma, 1831.

"A very good copy of this uncommon decree, issued by Maria Luisa, Duchess of Parma, detailing the precautions taken by the city of Parma in anticipation of the cholera outbreak that was expected to arrive. The decree describes the limits on goods that could be brought in to the city, and the certification required for goods sourced from cities known to be affected by cholera, before giving directions for quarantine for travellers and for cattle, and for the disinfection of incoming mail. The final section describes the criminal penalties for those found to be contravening these regulations, and is followed by templates for health certificates for goods, travellers, and livestock."

Quintus, Teresa Bandettini, Leonardo Nardini, Francesco Rosaspina, and Angelica Kauffmann.Paralippomeni d'Omero. Modena: Dalla Società Tipografica., 1815.

"Rare first edition of this translation into Italian verse of the Posthomerica of Quintus of Smyrna, by the Tuscan poet Teresa Bandettini-Landucci. The Posthomerica is the only surviving Greek epic that gives a full narrative of the Trojan War between the Iliad and the Odyssey. The author lived, to the best of our knowledge, in the late 4th century AD, and his work covers the period after the end of the Iliad, until the end of the Trojan war, in a series of fourteen books, whose style is clearly based on that of Homer, but which also draw on the same cyclic poems as those which inspired Virgil and others. The first printed edition was produced by Aldus Manutius in 1504. The translator, Bandettini (1763-1837), was born in Lucca, and entered into the Arcadia under the name Amarilli Etrusca. A noted critic of the romantic movement, she was one of most important improvisatory poets of her time, greatly esteemed by the likes of Mascheroni, Bettinelli and Alfieri."

Terrien, Maxime. L'hystérie et la neurasthénie chez le paysan. Angers: J. Siraudeau, 1906.

"First edition of this unusual study of hysteria and neurasthenia in rural populations, by the Breton physician and author Firmin Terrien. While acknowledging the popular conception that nervous diseases were “des maladies presque exclusivement urbaines”, the result of endless balls, spectacles, and other diversions, Terrien argues that despite the calm of rural life, and the lack of grand ambition in the peasant, neuropathologies are extremely common in country dwellers. This he attributes primarily to the peasant’s appetite for alcohol (5 or 6 litres of wine per day is, he claims, par for the course for a peasant of the Bocage, made worse by the fact that it is white wine), offering over forty case histories."
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