Thursday, 12 April 2012

Bibliothèque Nationale de France: press posters and more

Another post about one of my favourite sites: Gallica,  the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's digital library.  Gallica in fact goes far beyond the holdings of the BNF, covering some 40 other institutions with compatible collections, including the Collège des Irlandais de Paris, the National Library of Brazil, the Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève (which has superb ephemera collections not yet digitised I think), the Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image, and the Library of Congress (joint France in America project).

I particularly liked the press publicity posters exposed through Twitter and Facebook yesterday.  Clicking on "informations détaillées" not only shows the metadata for the object but the user can click through to other works by the same illustrator or to further searches by associated terms. The menu on the left facilitates limiting the result set to specific artists, centuries or country.  There is an English language version too.

(C) Bibliothèque Nationale de France
The search screen is well designed. I used: Text : affiche  Limited by language:- Anglais and Document type : - Image to find 243 superb English posters with a further 58 results substituting publicité for affiche.  This site is very well worth exploring, especially for Francophiles and those interested in lithographed posters.

(C) Gallica. Bibliothèque Nationale de France


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