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    • HISTOIRE DU JOUET depuis le Jura, berceau du jouet 29,00

      French toystory comes from Jura. Reminding toys and brands from our childhood, it shows that today Jura is still creating toys. Encouraged by plentiful hydraulic and silvicultural resources, Jura will develop during numerous centuries a working tradition of wood toys that will become one of the fashions of expression privileged person. Rattles, toys of address (yoyo, ossicles, balls) and dolls will be a part of first objects. The word toy, will appear only at the Middle Ages. In the Revolution, whoever can make from now on and sell toys, set up a business quite freely. In 1798, new toy shops will be in the galleries which encircle the garden of the Palais Royal in the center of Paris. At the beginning of the XXth century, with the arrival of new materials, toy can finally become an object of consumption. Today, China and multinationals hold the world market, China appropriating about 80 % of toys sold in the world. In spite of a difficult economic environment since the end of Post-war economic booms, there are always manufacturers of toys in Jura and Ain areas. In front guard of new techniques, they transformed little by little this territory of tradition into standard bearer of the toy ” Made in France ” with in particular the return of the wooden toy. 200 photos colors and N and B, as well as archive documents come to illustrate this book. Native of Jura, Yvan Lacroix is the export manager of Vilac group. He also manages Petitcollin company, last one to produce dolls in France.

    • L’Histoire de la chirurgie du silex à nos jours By: Docteur Pierre-Louis Choukroun 24,90

      Did you know that, not until the successful surgery of Louis the XIV in 1686 by Félix de Tassy, for his anal fistula, was surgery finally recognized as a profession? In this illustrated book, Dr Pierre-Louis Choukroun relates numerous anecdotes that led to major discoveries in the art of surgery, from Prehistoric practitioners operating with primal flintstone instruments, to today’s high-tech technicians. This book is a meeting of the obscure with the well-known personalities of the international medical and surgical world, fundamental to the progress of mankind. For example, in the 16th Century, two very significant discoveries were made: Anesthesia (Wells and Morton). and hand disinfection and sterilization (asepsis) (Semmelweis, Pasteur and List). In the 20th Century the fight against infection, blood transfusion, medical imaging, laser surgery and organ transplants became routine. And, thanks to fiber-optics, cameras and computing have become part of today and tomorrow’s surgical environment : The first ten years of this 21st Century has been especially rich in innovations – robotics surgery, remote surgery, nanotechnology – and specific discoveries in each surgical discipline. We are on the threshold of revolutionary breakthroughs, tweaking the very core of cells, and even chromosomes.

    • LES POUPEES de MODES & TRAVAUX – Depuis 1951 By: Elisabeth Chauveau 29,00

      This book is the story of the famous dolls created by the french magazine Modes & Travaux. It starts in 1919 when Edouard Boucherit created with his wife Renée in Paris, this new women’s magazine whose 1st print will appear in November. After the Great War, the newspaper will contribute to help women to become a perfect hostesses and in this way follows closely fashion trend. From 1951, Modes & Travaux created a page for girls. This magazine proposed dress dolls, but also clothes as well as accessories such as shoes, socks, handbags, etc… With the industrial growth of toy, the magazine will create in March 1951 the first doll (Nobel manufacturing), Françoise. In August 1954, she will announce to her young readers the ” birth of a younger brother “: Michel. And in 1958, will be proposed its third doll : Marie-Françoise. In 1963, the enterprise PetitCollin will acquire the Nobel brand to manufacture dolls M*T until now. The last one will be Emilie, in 1986. Dolls M*T are always made in France (Etain) by Petitcollin. The 3 authors are found of dolls : Annick Buchy is President of the West Dolls Club association. Elyane Jamard-Lacroix, former physiotherapist, is a General Secretary of the CERP today. Both are specialists of the dolls from Modes & Travaux.

    • HISTOIRE DE L’IRAN By: Firouzeh Dautricourt 20,00

      Today, Iran plays an international role. But what do we really know about this country that fascinate and concern us all ? This book is for all readers interested by Iran’s History, who have concerns on political and economical events which belong to the collective memory of Iranians. Literature, Sciences, Arts, are issues raised by the author for inspiring new travellers to go to Iran and meet Iranians.

    • Éloge du Saucisson By: Inès Peyret 25,00

      Practically unchanged since the Bronze Age period, sausage crossed time and space. From Homere to space ship to Mir station, this product is of all travel. As an example, Thierry Dubois, for Vendée Globe 2000, carried with him dry sausage provisions. Our french seaman, sponsored by Les Roches Blanches, celebrated its sporting achievement by sharing with Neptune one of its sausages ! The story of this so humble and familiar product is old from almost 4,000 years. Undoubtedly much older than writing, we will wait till 1 750 A.D. to have its first description. Dedicated to history and techniques of manufacturing, this book describes each specificity of french, italian, spanish and portuguese sausages. Moreover, authors deliver their own recipes without forgetting with which bread and wine to taste each type of sausage. Stéphane Malandain manages this family business (Les Roches Blanches) created by his grandfather, He proposes local products at a top range level. His sausages are manufactured with respect of artisanal traditions, conforming to lawful and normative requirements. Inès Peyret is journalist.

    • Des poupées signées Limoges By: Elisabeth Chauveau 29,00

      Limoges, city and capital of Limousin (east center area of France) is going to develop slowly a luxury small business which will be crowned in the XVIIIth century by the discovery of kaolin and the development of porcelain art. The Count d’ Artois, future King Charles X will make of Limoges the main porcelain center without forgetting Sèvres. After 1789, numerous companies specialized into art of table will be created. At the Great War period, French manufacturers of toys and dolls will be asked to produce “heads” for dolls in Limoges to replace those imported by Germany ( the enemy to fight). This branch of porcelain industry will be of short-lived because it will begin at the beginning of the conflict to disappear in the middle of the twenties. However, a small production of heads will continue beyond the interwar period. Native of Limousin, founds of dolls since more than 40 years, Elisabeth Deconchat collects old dolls and especially those named ” heads Limoges “. She also restores them entirely (head, body and including clothes). Elisabeth Chauveau, MD in History brings here her participation to contribute to enlight readers over an underestimated period going from 1914 till 1930. This illustrated book (200 photos and archives documents) offers a new knowledge of this quite unknown limougeaude manufacturing. This inedite work shows us today rare historical documents and dolls preserved by families of porcelain makers.

    • GRAND RECUEIL des chansons et textes de salles de garde By: Docteur Pierre-Louis Choukroun 25,00

      Being part of the French national folklore and History, the french staff room (‘salle de garde’) song is unique and has a special charm different from bawdy song. Mythical space at the hospital where the medical team (doctors and nurses) lives and faces night and day physical suffering, poverty, diseases and death, the staff room is managed by the Bursar, an important character with an absolute power, elected by his peers, occupying in the dining room, the majestic armchair, down from which he can tax the one who breaks the Regulation.Everything is allowed there, without the slightest taboo. House physician can make with complete impunity satires of doctors, partners, nurses and supervisors. They can also parody their life at the hospital but also women of easy virtue, responsable for crab louses or pox. This book is dedicated to futur doctors and students of any disciplines (including chemistery) in charge of immortalizing french coutume. It is also dedicated to curious public and historians. André Patlajean was formerly political draftsman for several newspapers.

    • Poupées et bébés en celluloid 29,40

      A journey through almost one century (1881-1979) of history in the unique world of Celluloid dolls. The book holds 200 color and B&W photos including archive shots. For every period in the history of the company, the most symbolic models created and made by the Industrial Society of Celluloid, the french Nobel Society, Petitcollin, Anel, Convert, Grillet, Raynal, Desrues, etc., are discussed in detail. We are taken on a journey to discover the swimmers and the babies with molded hair, dolls with wig or implanted hair, subjects in celluloid with molded clothes, characters from comic strips, mechanical toys, animals, rattles, balls; even windmills and musical instruments. Born in Paris in 1946, Elisabeth Chauveau, holder of a master’s degree in history and a Bachelor of art history, likes since his childhood dolls. Again President of the center of studies and searches(researches) on the doll ( CERP), she is the author of numerous articles on the subject and reference books

    • Un demi-siècle d’accélérateurs de particules 18,25

      In a lively historical account Pierre Marin tells of the extraordinary progress made in accelerator physics since World War II. He focuses mainly on the history of French accelerators which evolved from small electrostatic accelerators purchased abroad to complex and powerful storage rings and colliders built by French engineers and physicists. He shows how these machines served not only particle physicists, but also researchers working with synchrotron light. He recalls how these two scientific communities with such different backgrounds learned how to work together. Who could have written this story better than Pierre Marin_? He was an accelerator physicist, and a project leader who played a key role in storage ring R&D, as well as in accelerator construction and operation. He describes the international context of the period, and relates the discussions on scientific policy issues of the time. He tells us about the technical challenges to be overcome and discusses the question of maintaining the balance between national development and international involvement. A number of important yet unknown features of this scientific adventure are related. This short history also includes his thoughts about the gestation of large scientific instruments which, no doubt, will interest researchers involved in « big science ».

    • Savorgan de Brazza 14,20

      This book is the story of Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza ( 1852-1905 ), big explorer of the beginning of the century to whom we owe the name of Brazzaville city (Congo). He investigated the right bank of the Congo river, opening the way to the French colonization in equatorial Africa. Its gentleness, its charm, its peaceful approach of the Africans made of Brazza a figure of exception among his contemporaries who investigated Africa in the name of the western major powers. The local populations of Brazzaville recently honoured Savorgan de Brazza by raising a mausoleum to its attention. These ashes were also transferred to it in October, 2006. The author, René Maran ( 1887-1960 ), awarded the 1st Goncourt prize attributed to a black in 1921 with his entitled book “Batouala”.