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New publication: Catalogue of the Górski Archive

The Teki Górskiego – literally “Górski’s files” or “Górski’s folders” – are one of the most valuable manuscript collections held by the National Library of Poland and one of the most valuable collections of sixteenth-century correspondence in the world. Amongst its particularly precious contents are original letters by Popes Leo X and Adrian VI, the monarchs Francis I of France, Henry VIII of England and Louis II of Hungary, the Polish statesmen Johannes Dantiscus and Andrzej Krzycki, and the "Prince of the Humanists" Erasmus of Rotterdam więcej o New publication: Catalogue of the Górski Archive

New publication: Catalogue of Incunabula in the National Library of Poland

The two-volume English-language Catalogue of Incunabula in the National Library of Poland details the collection of fifteenth-century prints held by the BNP, the sixth-largest such collection in Poland (1,131 copies of 1,034 printed editions). This new publication continues the tradition of research into the oldest surviving examples of printing, begun by Kazimierz Piekarski before the Second World War. Perhaps the greatest achievement of this tradition so far was the publication of the central catalogue of all incunabula in Poland; now it is the turn of the collection of the National Library, presented here in great detail.

The Catalogue of Incunabula in the National Library of Poland was compiled by Michał Spandowski in collaboration with Sławomir Szyller. Descriptions of the bindings are by Maria Brynda. The National Library of Poland has a cooperation agreement with the Berlin State Library dating from 2011, thanks to which the Catalogue has been reviewed by Dr Falk Eisermann, head of the Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke (Union Catalogue of Incunabula) in Berlin, whose division is the leading body dealing with the global bibliography of fifteenth-century prints. Paul Schweitzer-Martin, expert in incunabula at the University of Heidelberg, helped produce the English version. It was decided to publish in English due to the international nature of research in this field and so that the Catalogue would reach a wider audience.

The Catalogue describes incunabula from a number of important historical collections, including the famous Biblioteka Ordynacji Zamojskiej (Count Zamoyski Family Library) and the Count Tarnowski Family Library in Dzików. It includes descriptions of objects saved from the pre-War collection of the National Library, almost completely destroyed following the Warsaw Uprising. The Catalogue further adds to our bibliographic knowledge of fifteenth-century printing by presenting a number of unique items not covered in the existing literature. It also contains specialised descriptions of the medieval manuscripts that are bound together with the incunabula, and selected post-incunabula.

The second volume of the Catalogue contains a number of research tools making it easier to use the over 1,000 individual descriptions in the first volume. In addition, two provenance indexes provide extensive information on the former owners of the incunabula, with individual owners listed separately from institutions such as libraries, monasteries and churches.

The Catalogue of Incunabula in the National Library of Poland is available from the online bookshop of the National Library of Poland.

The library of Sigismund II Augustus – a royal book-lover's collection

The library of Sigismund II Augustus, the last male representative of the Jagiellonian dynasty, was one of the most outstanding of its day in Europe. It is estimated that the monarch may have collected more than 4,000 works. But it is not just its size, itself significant by European standards, that makes the royal book collection one of the key achievements of Renaissance book-collecting. It is also the library's comprehensive nature. The collection includes works containing the latest knowledge in a full range of fields, from theology, philosophy and law to medicine, history and astronomy więcej o The library of Sigismund II Augustus – a royal book-lover's collection

National Library acquires six letters of Adam Mickiewicz to Alfred de Vigny

November 26 marks the 165th anniversary of the death of Adam Mickiewicz. A few days ago the National Library bought six letters at auction written by the poet to Alfred de Vigny. This purchase was possible thanks to a donation by Krystyna Piórkowska of New York, who once again generously supports the activities of the National Library więcej o National Library acquires six letters of Adam Mickiewicz to Alfred de Vigny

National Library receives honorary award from the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport for the Year of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński

The National Library has been granted an honorary award as part of the Annual Awards of the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, in the category "Protecting Polish Cultural Heritage Abroad". The award recognises not just the National Library's work coordinating the Year of Gustaw Herling-Grudzińskicelebrations but also its digitisation of Herling-Grudziński's works, its publication of Katalog Archiwum Gustawa Herlinga-Grudzińskiego w Fundacji „Biblioteca Benedetto Croce” (A Catalogue of the Gustaw Herling-Grudziński Archive in the "Fondazione Biblioteca Benedetto Croce"), edited by Joanna Borysiak, and the launch of a website devoted to his life and work więcej o National Library receives honorary award from the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport for the Year of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński

International presentation of Catalogue of Extant Manuscripts from the Former Załuski Library – the First Polish National Library

The National Library of Poland has published a new Catalogue of Extant Manuscripts from the Former Załuski Library – the First Polish National Library. The catalogue is the result of a long-term documentation project carried out by the National Library of Poland and the Russian National Library in St Petersburg, financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport więcej o International presentation of Catalogue of Extant Manuscripts from the Former Załuski Library – the First Polish National Library