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Author(s): Ileana Dârja
Subject(s): History
Published by: Muzeul Naţional al Unirii Alba Iulia
Keywords: bibliografie; catalog; catalogare; colectie; cote; fond; inventar; manuscrise

Summary/Abstract: As all historical collections, the collection of manuscripts of Batthyaneum Library was constituted in the XVIIIth century, by the initiative and at the expense of Roman-Catholic bishop Batthyány Ignác (1781-1798), great collector and bibliophile from Transylvania, founder of the Astronomical Institute and the library of Batthyáni from Alba Iulia / Institutum Batthyanyani Albo-Carolinensis/ the actual National Library of Romania Batthyaneum Branch (1962 -). The private collection of the bishop of 764 manuscript-codices (IXth-XVIIIth centuries) obtained during the last two decades of the XVIIIth century, constitutes the core around which the collection was built; it consists today of 1778 inventory numbers. After a review of the collection’s increase over time and its indexing carried out by different authors, it is insisted on the qualities and imperfections of the actual catalogue of the collection, which was drawn up by Robertus Szentiványi, Catalogus concinnus librorum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Batthyanyanae, IVth edition, Szeged, 1958. The article arguments the necessity of drawing up a new catalogue of the manuscripts belonging to Batthyaneum Library which to take into consideration the increase and losses that the collection suffered over time, the specialized bibliography that appeared during the last fifty years and norms of manuscript depiction that nowadays are practiced throughout in the world. A new catalogue of the manuscripts may be realized in two volumes: a catalogue of manuscripts from the IXth-XVIth centuries and a catalogue of manuscripts from the XVIIth-XXth centuries and will respond to internal and external issues of manuscripts, offering a more ample and uniform depiction of the collection than the previous accounts.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: Vol. 46
  • Page Range: 583-592
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Romanian