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The Bibliotheque du Roi, Ancestor of the Bibliothèque nationale de France Opens to the Public

A Engraving of the  Abbé de Louvois  (Camille Le Tellier 1675 1718) after Hyacinthe Rigaud

The abbé Louvois, first administrator of the Bibliothèque du Roi. Engraving by Audrin after a painting by Hyacinthe Rigaud.

Having been expanded under Louis XIV, the Bibliothèque du Roi, now the Bibliothèque national de France, first opened to the public in 1692, under the administration of Abbé Louvois, Abbé Louvois was succeeded by the Abbé Bignon, who instituted a complete reform of the library's system. Catalogues of the collections were published from 1739–53 in 11 volumes.

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