Journal of Ottoman Calligraphy

Lectures & Editorials on Calligraphy

Austrian National Library, Vienna

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As the main scientific library of the Republic of Austria, the Austrian National Library (ANL) can look back on a history rich in tradition dating to the 14th century.

The Austrian National Library owns 170 valuable Persian manuscripts that it acquired between 1868 and 1994. They are texts concerning science, technology, religion, theology, literature, history, geography, miniatures and calligraphies. The collection of Arabic, Persian and Turkish manuscripts acquired by the Court Library since the 16th and 17th century already contained around 2,050 oriental manuscripts by the middle of the 19th century, which were published in the complete catalogue by Gustav Flügel in 1865 and 1879. For the further 1,100 oriental manuscripts acquired subsequently, it was decided to catalogue them separately according to language. 1970 saw the publication of a catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts, while a catalogue of the Turkish manuscripts is currently in production in Ankara. The catalogue of Persian manuscripts has now been completed. With the exception of the 249 Arabic manuscripts from South Yemen in the Eduard Glaser collection, which are currently being restored, this means that the catalogue of oriental manuscripts in the Austrian National Library has been completed in 2004. A second part of the catalogue just published contains a description of 21 Persian manuscripts from the Haus- Hof- und Staatsarchiv that have been acquired since publication of Albrecht Krafft’s catalogue in 1843.

Austrian National Library
Josefsplatz 1
P.O. Box 308
A-1015 Vienna
Phone: (+43 1) 534 10
Fax: (+43 1) 534 10 / 280

Source: © Austrian National Library


Written by calligrapher

October 25, 2006 at 6:18 pm

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