The Orient and eastern collections
Books and manuscripts in oriental languages, books on the Orient, and oriental images.
Orient and eastern collections: images
Synopsis of the Talmud. Milan (Italy), 1480.
The Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu) holds a large collection of graphical works produced in the Orient
, such as the following:
- illustrated books brought back from China in the 18th century by Jesuits and collectors like Henri-Léonard-Jean-Baptiste Bertin, a director of the French East India Company and member of the Academy of Science
- compendia of Persian miniatures and Indian paintings
- a collection of Japanese prints by Hokusaï, Utamaro, Hiroshige, and other artists put together by the collectors Duret, Bing, Lieure, etc., and unique in the world
- works by explorers: drawings from the Egyptian Expedition, photographs of Japan by Felice Beato, photographs of China by Thomas Child, etc.
These image collections also include orientalist works
such as Georges-Louis Lerouge’s 18th century Anglo-Chinese gardens, and a large collection of pieces in Chinese and Turkish styles, etc.
, the Manuscripts Department’s database of iconographic materials