Ignac Batthyany and Imre Daniel : Circumstances of the Establishment of the Historical Library in Alba Iulia Cover Image
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Ignác Batthyány a Imrich Dániel : okolnosti založenia historickej knižnice v Alba Iulii
Ignac Batthyany and Imre Daniel : Circumstances of the Establishment of the Historical Library in Alba Iulia

Author(s): Andreea Mârza
Subject(s): History
Published by: VERBUM - vydavateľstvo Katolíckej univerzity v Ružomberku
Keywords: Batthyány Ignác; Dániel Imre; library; trip to Italy; correspondence; diary

Summary/Abstract: The hereby study uses as a starting point the beginnings of one of the most interesting libraries in Transylvania: the Batthyaneum Library from Alba Iulia, dating back to the 18th century. The name of this cultural institution is connected to its founder, Ignác Batthyány. But when we talk about the present library, reference must also be made to its first librarian, Dániel Imre. The information gathered concerning the beginning of the relationship between the Bishop of Transylvania and his future librarian have taken us back to the year 1780 so far; but future research will undoubtedly provide new insights into this relationship which may have started in the late 70’s of the 18th century. Both personalities have benefited from it: the Bishop received valuable information related to the libraries and the books from the Italian Peninsula, where he had sent Dániel Imre, and the latter built his entire intellectual career on the financial support offered by his patron, Batthyány – both in Vienna and in Italy. The bishop’s library continued to grow even after his death in 1798, but it did not change its location and is still housed in the building he had bought for this purpose.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 187-196
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Slovak