NSK receives ten original volumes of Encyclopédie, Ou Dictionnaire Raisonné Des Sciences, Des Arts Et Des Métiers
On 10 August 2021, the Preservation and Storage Department of the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) received from the French Institute in Croatia ten 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.
The record of acceptance by the National and University Library in Zagreb of this invaluable material from the Institute was signed by the Library’s Director General Dr Ivanka Stričević and First Counsellor at the Embassy of the French Republic to the Republic of Croatia Yannick Michel Andrianarahinjaka, who formally delivered the volumes, together with the Institute’s scientific and university cooperation attaché Jasna Bas. Present at the delivery were also the Head of the NSK Joint Operations Department Tomislav Tomašić, Head of the NSK Manuscripts and Old Books Collection Dr Irena Galić Bešker, conservation-and-restoration specialist at the NSK Preservation and Storage Department Stevo Leskarac and Senior Public Relations Adviser at the NSK Marketing and Communications Section Nela Marasović.
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 Encyclopédie is kept in adequate storage conditions, the cooperation is aimed at the overall assessment of its original volumes, published between 1751 and 1772.
Along with the ten volumes now stored at the National and University Library in Zagreb, which ten volumes were previously part of an 11-volume collection located in Germany, currently the location of one volume, there are another 22 volumes located in France. The remaining 23 volumes are also to be transported to Croatia to be adequately stored, appropriately preserved and if required restored at the National and University Library in Zagreb.
The takeover of ten original volumes of Encyclopédie, Ou Dictionnaire Raisonné Des Sciences, Des Arts Et Des Métiers from the French Institute in Croatia by the National and University Library in Zagreb. National and University Library in Zagreb, 10 August 2021.