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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Second Day in Rome: Libraries (Arts and Archives 2015)

Selectarum Plantarum from 1770 specifically made for Biblioteca Casanetense

We had a very inclusive tour of the Casanatense library that was inaugurated on November 3, 1701 and soon became one of the most important and leading libraries of the time. It owes its birth to Cardinal Girolamo Casanate (1620-1700), which will dispose with the legacy, the Dominican convent of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, his book collection, which contains over 20'000 volumes and large incomes for the institution and the future growth of the library, which was named in her honor. Today the library includes some 100'000 volumes and several hundred thousand manuscripts. The library had prepared us a special exhibit including the oldest book in the library from 800 a.d.  We were also able to see several original volumes which were specifically prepared for the library in the 18th century.
Some of us also visited another historical library Bibliotheca Vallicelliana which was started by Saint Filippo Neri in 1575 and is one of the oldest public libraries in Rome, now opened for visitors only by special request. Please see a random selection of images by clicking here.

Biblioteca Vallicelliana from 1575

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