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Diane de Bournazel Collection

 Collection — Box: CLX-A-1727
Identifier: Coll-2046

Content Description

The collection consists of seven manuscript books and one framed illustration created by Diane de Bournazel from 2015 to 2022. These handmade and unique books are filled with intricate densely-packed detail, which draw the eye and the mind into a dream-like world, in which she explores themes that include the natural world, childhood, and human relationships. Each work expresses a sweep of emotions while being imbued with a sense of the inner life. Bournazel uses drawing, painting, paper cutting, and collage. Her imagery is her own, but echoes may tradition - from medieval manuscript to modernism, with traditional engraving, etched illustrations, and folk art too.

Title list

  1. "Adieu Vat" (2016).
  2. "Que tout ceci reste entre nous" (2019).
  3. "En Temps voulu" (2019).
  4. "Fin de Partie" (2021).
  5. "À bas Bruit" (Marliac, 2022) "J’ai fait ce livre à Marliac, pendant l’automne et l’hiver 2021. C’est un livre unique’" ("I made this book in Marliac, during autumn and winter 2021. It is a unique book.") Bound by Armelle Guégant.
  6. "En bonne Compagnie" (Marliac, 2022) A unique heart-shaped book, entirely in manuscript and watercolour. "Ce livre est unique. Je l’ai réalisé à Marliac au début de l’anné 2022." ("This book is unique. I made it in Marliac at the beginning of 2022.") Bound by Armelle Guégant.
  7. "Du beau Monde" (Marliac, 2018) A miniature book, unique, illustrated in ink and watercolour. "Ce tout petit livre est unique. Je l’ai peint et relié à ma façon et à Marliac, en fin d’hiver 2018." ("This very small book is unique. I painted it and bound it my own way in Marliac, at the end of winter 2018.")
  8. "Saturnales" (framed illustration, 2015). A celebration of the Feast of Fools, in a series of panels inhabited by De Bournazel’s mythological figures engaged in a series of mysterious rites.


  • Creation: 2015-2022


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Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.


7 Volumes

1 item : framed painting ; 54 x 71 cm

Immediate Source of Acquisition

First tranche purchased in 2021. Accession no. SC-Acc-2021-0086.

Second tranche purchased in 2022. Accession no. SC-Acc-2022-0087.


Accruals likely.

Processing Information

First tranche catalogued in June 2022 by Aline Brodin, using a description by Elizabeth Quarmby Lawrence.

Second tranche catalogued in January 2023 by Aline Brodin, using information supplied by the seller.

Diane de Bournazel Collection, 2015-2022
Aline Brodin, Cataloguing Archivist and Heritage Collections Cataloguing Lead
June 2022, January 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
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