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Le magasin de bonnes choses. La pratique des extraits de lecture de Charles d’Herculais (1770-1808)

Abstract : Between history of the book, history of reading, and history of libraries, our work suggests exploring the original case of Charles d’Herculais, noble native of Dauphiné. Tireless readers, his handwriting excerpts books meet the increase of books during the eighteenth century. His "Recueils d’anecdotes" and his "Extraits de mes lectures", relate to commonplace book and adversaria book. Testimony of forty years of reading, they portray a curious man, aware of innovations of his time. Between encyclopedic curiosity and entertainment, Charles d’Herculais is interested in theater, literature, history, science… His handwriting books shows us a culture but they can also be using to write history of reading. Inextricably linked to the writing, reading evolving in private sphere, it is a remedy of the troubles of everyday life. This picture could not be complete without study his own thought writing in his "Extraits de mes lectures" forewords. Materialist and atheist, great admirer of Baron d’Holbach, he finds in this radical philosophy all the answers of the worries of the century. Although he was aware of French monarchy dysfunctions, Charles d’Herculais did not agree with revolutionaries concepts. His case raises the question of relationship between French Revolution and books.
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Pierre Voisin. Le magasin de bonnes choses. La pratique des extraits de lecture de Charles d’Herculais (1770-1808). Histoire. 2012. ⟨dumas-01146015⟩

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