This unique book was made by craftsmen in 1697. It was intended for Monseigneur le duc de Berry (1686-1714), then aged 11, and grandson of Louis XIV. The author is still unknown.
Offered to the library in Pont-Audemer in 1834 by Constant Le Roy, Sub-Prefect of the Department of Eure, it now belongs to the rare materials collections of the town and is kept in the Alfred Canel Museum.
This small quarto of about two hundred pages is a real training manual, with arithmetics lessons and sheets of calculation, illustrated with ink and wash drawings. It is composed of six books each of several chapters.
At the beginning of 2006, a quite exceptional sponsorship deal was created to save this very damaged manuscript. Aware of the importance of old books after a visit to the Museum, year 10 conversion-course students at the Tourville sur Pont-Audemer private secondary school, organized a fair and tombola, which enabled them to raise part of the money needed to restore it.
The Regional Office of Cultural Affairs of Haute-Normandie joined in this venture and awarded a grant. The precious work was restored by Gillette and Deruti, bookbinders and restorers in Vire. It rejoined the Museum’s rare materials collection in May 2006.