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Diderot, Helvétius, Montesquieu, Rousseau et Voltaire dans les catalogues de ventes de bibliothèques (1750-1780)

Abstract : During the eighteenth century, private libraries were sold in one piece. In order to be attractive for potential buyers, the printer-booksellers who organized the selling have done catalogues which are the description of all the books of a private library. Thanks to one hundred and twenty two catalogues preserved in the public libraries of Lyon and Grenoble, this research would like to present what authors (and logically what books) of Enlightenment are present in collections. According to me and to Catherine Volpilhac-Auger my research director, it was risky to study the reception in catalogues of all authors and ideas of Enlightenment. So we decided to make a selection and concentrate this work on five authors: Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Montesquieu and Helvétius. The aim of that research is to introduce the prospect of research about the content of private libraries.
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Helène Mistretta. Diderot, Helvétius, Montesquieu, Rousseau et Voltaire dans les catalogues de ventes de bibliothèques (1750-1780). Histoire. 2009. ⟨dumas-00711382⟩

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