Dès son plus jeune âge, il porte une véritable passion aux livres. En 1760 et 1774, il est premier consul d’Arles avant de devenir celui d’Aix en 1777. Il devient même le procureur du pays de Provence. Tout au long de sa vie, il vivra modestement, dépensant l’entièreté de son argent à enrichir sa collection.
Le Marquis de MÉJANES meurt à Paris le 5 octobre 1786 à l’âge de 57 ans.
Par son testament, il lègue sa bibliothèque privée, composée de près de quatre-
La Bibliothèque Méjanes est l’une des 54 bibliothèques classées de France du fait de la richesse de son fond patrimonial. On y trouve des livres uniques en France et dans le monde qui sont précieusement conservés dans ses rayons.
From an early age, he has a real passion for books. In 1760 and 1774, he was first consul of Arles before becoming that of Aix in 1777. He even became the prosecutor of the country of Provence. Throughout his life he will live modestly, spending all of his money on enriching his collection.
The Marquis de MÉJANES died in Paris on October 5, 1786 at the age of 57.
By his will, he bequeathed his private library, made up of nearly eighty thousand books (a book can be made up of several volumes) to the States of Provence, on the condition that his collection is made available to the public in the city. from Aix. He also made a large donation of annuity money to increase the number of books. This bequest is at the origin of the creation, in 1810, in the premises of the Town Hall of the first municipal library of Aix: the Méjanes Library. It is in this place that Adolphe THIERS and Auguste MIGNET studied. In 1989, it was transferred to the former Manufacture des Allumettes which, four years later, became the Cité du Livre, but remained La Méjanes for a large number of Aix residents.
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The Méjanes Library is one of the 54 classified libraries in France due to the richness of its heritage. There are books that are unique in France and around the world which are carefully preserved on its shelves.