NSK receives remaining 23 original volumes of Encyclopédie, Ou Dictionnaire Raisonné Des Sciences, Des Arts Et Des Métiers

Objavljeno 8.11.2021.

On 4 November 2021, the Preservation and Storage Department of the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) received from the French Institute in Croatia the remaining 23 original volumes of Encyclopédie, Ou Dictionnaire Raisonné Des Sciences, Des Arts Et Des Métiers, the 18th-century French encyclopaedia and one of the principal works of the Age of Enlightenment, compiled by philosopher Denis Diderot, the Encyclopédie’s chief editor, and mathematician and philosopher Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, whose other ten original volumes it received in August 2021.

The record of acceptance by the National and University Library in Zagreb of this highly valuable material from the Institute was signed by the Library’s Director General Dr Ivanka Stričević and the Institute’s Director Estelle Halimi, who delivered the volumes together with the Institute’s scientific and university cooperation attaché Jasna Bas. Present at the delivery were also the NSK International Cooperation Adviser Jasenka Zajec and conservation-and-restoration specialist at the NSK Preservation and Storage Department Stevo Leskarac.

The inclusion of the material originally held by the Institute in the Library’s Manuscripts and Old Books Collection was organised as part of the Institute’s activities marking the centenary of its founding and the details of this cooperation initiative, which also includes The Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography and the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media, will be laid out by the cooperation agreement currently being prepared. Apart from enabling that the volumes of Encyclopédie, published between 1751 and 1772, are kept in adequate storage conditions, the cooperation is aimed at the overall assessment of their condition.