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Prezenţa cărţii blăjene în fonduri şi colecţii din Bucovina istorică
The Presence of the Blaj Books among Stocks and Collections in Historical Bukovina

Author(s): Olimpia Mitric
Subject(s): History
Published by: Editura Mega Print SRL
Keywords: Old Romanian Books; Monastery; Putna; Suceviţa; Dragomirna; Museum; Rădăuţi; Câmpulung Moldovenesc; Suceava; Archives; Neamţ Printing House

Summary/Abstract: In the present article we will turn to account 111 copies of old Romanian books printed in Blaj, which recorded a certain circulation in historical Bukovina and in its surrounding areas, documentarily attested (identified so far), but also the one that are as of today preserved in the best known stocks and collections of bibliophile values in the district: the centralized warehouse of old books on the premises of Teodoreni Monastery (Suceava), respectively the monasteries: Putna, Suceviţa, Dragomirna and “Sf. Ioan cel Nou de la Suceava” (The new St. John of Suceava); the museums are not omitted: “Popular Bukovina techniques” (now “Samuil and Eugenia Ioneţ” of Rădăuţi, „The craft of wood” of Câmpulung Moldovenesc, the „Ion Irimescu” Art Museum of Suceava and the District Department of National Archives. From this point of view we emphasised some bibliological peculiarities of the copies printed in the Blaj office (starting with Catavasier româno-grecesc (Romanian-Greek Hymn Book), 1765, and ending with Octoih (Oktoihos), 1825) and we have underlined a few aspects referring to their circulation (private owners, institutions, libraries, collections, etc.) As a conclusion to the present research, without deciphering other possible significances, the author asserts that many of the 111 copies of the identified printed material in Blaj, all liturgy books, have fulfilled their cultural and religious mission far beyond the Carpathian Mountains, reaching especially German churches, there there was great penury of books. On the other hand, in Moldavia of the 17th century and until the opening of the printing house in Neamţ (in 1807) there had been a permanent lack of printed books, the old Blaj books arousing, through their presence and content, the interest of some circles of readers in the area of modern Romanian culture in historical Bukovina.

  • Issue Year: 11/2007
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 133-138
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Romanian