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Vet. E6 c.26/1
Laure de Saint-Ouen was born in Lyon in 1779. She later become a noted French pedagogue. The subject of history was not on the school curriculum in France at the time, so she undertook to popularise its study. She became an author of historical textbooks. The first, Tableaux mnémoniques de l'histoire de France, was published in 1822, followed by history of England, religions and ancient Rome. Her mnemonic method was seen as innovative and effective, so she planned to expand it to also present the history of Germany, Russia and Spain, but her untimely death prevented her from completing the project. Some sources specify the year of her death as 1838 and some as 1850.
The history of England presented through biographies of kings and queens starting with Egbert in 800 and concluding with George II in 1727. The prose is illustrated with portraits of monarchs and medalions with dates and emblems designed to represent significant events. The manuscript includes earlier hand-corrected versions of some of the medallions.
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Purchased from Deborah Coltham Rare Books, March 2014.
The manuscript was purchased together with a bound set of plates showing the history of England in a mnemonic way using portraits of monarchs and emblems for events that took place during their reigns. The catalogue record on SOLO uses the title of the first plate as its main title: Tableau explicatif des symboles (Vet. E6 c.26/2).
Digital images of the published version of the manuscript can be viewed at the Gallica website of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and page reference, e.g. Vet. E6 c.26/1, p. 1].