Heritage Day: exceptional books at the Notre-Dame de la Providence high school


For the first time, Sunday September 20, rare works will be presented at the library of the Notre Dame de la Providence high school in Avranches (Manche).

Posted on Sep 15, 20 at 5:02 p.m.
| Modified 15 Sep 20 at 17:02

Sunday September 20, 2020, Jean-Luc Leservoisier will present unique works. Among them, boards by Redouté. (© La Gazette de la Manche)

On the occasion of Heritage Days, Sunday, September 20, 2020, the heritage library of Notre-Dame de la Providence high school at Avranches (Manche) exceptionally opens its doors to the public, after 40 years of closure.

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A real gem, the fund is made up of more than 8,000 books dating from the XVIe to XXe century, notably with the revolutionary confiscations of the White Abbey of Mortain (Manche).

“Absolutely splendid works”

The former curator of the old collection of the city of Avranches, Jean-Luc Leservoisier affirms:

There are absolutely splendid works here.

With two other volunteers, Michelle Chabbert and Marie-Joseph Rochefort, they have worked for eight years to rehabilitate books, “cleaning them page by page”, for some.

Images of Épinal, engravings and archives

Between the entire walls of liturgical books, Latin and Greek classics, history and geography, are hidden twenty extremely rare documents.

Of images of Épinal retracing the legend and the great battles of Napoleon will be exhibited at the entrance of the library.

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At their side, two engravings dating from years 1880 will take you back to the time when the arch of Saint-André d’Avranches cathedral still existed.

But if there are two remarkable books to contemplate, they are the Roman from 1861, printed in Austria, the initials of which are of great finesse, as well as the summer part of a breviary printed by Jean Le Cartel, at Avranches in 1593.

Joseph Redouté, “the Raphael of flowers”

Finally, the highlight of the show concerns the second volume of Liliacées, by Joseph Redouté, edited in 1805.

The book counts 78 boards hand painted by the famous botanist artist, considered as “the Raphael of flowers”.

Of great rarity and “Incredibly fresh”, the prints and watercolors of the plants will be presented by Michelle Chabbert.

45-minute tours, reservation required on 02 33 79 57 00. Departures at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., at Notre Dame de la Providence high school, 9 rue Chanoine Bérenger in Avranches.

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