Catalogue of Laure de Saint-Ouen's ''Nouvelle Mnémonique appliquée à l'Histoire d'Angleterre. Pour faire suite à l'histoire de France d'après la même méthode'

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'Nouvelle Mnémonique appliquée à l'Histoire d'Angleterre. Pour faire suite à l'histoire de France d'après la même méthode par Mme *** [Laure de Saint-Ouen]


A manuscript fair copy of an educational tool which seems to have been eventually published as Tome I of Saint-Ouen's Tableaux historiques des peuples modernes européans, composés de médaillons, etc, accompagné d'un text explicatif (Paris: J. Carez, 1825). Here it accompanies a set of plates used for the publication.

Extent: 1 box (1 volume)
Physical facet: 1 volume (pp. [xviii], 561) with 52 plates of ink wash drawings, 8vo. Full red diced morocco binding with spine ruled and lettered in gilt. The text is handwritten in ink within drawn borders, with pencil corrections in the same hand. Pages 417-561 contain additional 'Notes explicantives', with further corrections in ink.
Language(s) of Material: French

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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.

Scope and Content

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.

Separated Material

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).

Other Finding Aids

Digital images of the published version of the manuscript can be viewed at the Gallica website of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and page reference, e.g. Vet. E6 c.26/1, p. 1].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Saint-Ouen | L. de (Laure) | 1784-1850 | author


Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
Mnemonics -- Early works to 1850

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