Country's Main Library Gets Copy of Monumental Collection

The National and University Library (NUK) has received a monumental collection of facsimiles of 17 volumes of prints collected by Janez Vajkard Valvasor, the celebrated Slovenian 17th century polymath. "Iconotheca Valvasoriana" encompasses a total of 7,752 prints and drawings by Duerer, Cranach, Rembrandt, Callot and other German, Austrian, Dutch, Flemish, French, Italian, English and Carinthian masters of the 16th and 17th centuries. The prints and drawings were put together in 17 large-size volumes bound in leather. Valvasor arranged them by the theme, technique and nationality of the authors. Valvasor (1641-1693) spent a fortune on writing and publishing his monumental work "The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola", an encyclopaedia of Slovenian history, folklore and natural science, to the extent that he was forced to sell his property and possessions. He sold his Bogensperk castle near Litija, as well as his vast library and the collection of prints. The latter was bought by Zagreb Bishop Mikulic and is kept today by the Metropolitana library of the Zagreb Archdiocese. Facsimiles of the Iconotheca Valvasoriana collection have now been published by the Janez Vajkard Valvasor Foundation at the Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 17 volumes came out in 100 copies, which will be sold to collectors at EUR 30,000 each. The head of the Iconotheca Valvasoriana project, Leon Gostisa, presented one copy of the facsimiles to NUK acting director Lenart Setinc on Wednesday. Valvasor was torn between the biblical truth and superstition on one hand and his interest in nature, warfare, history, life and its processes on the other. He kept in his castle an extensive library, a collection of minerals, mathematical and astronomic devices, various rarities and antiquities, a printing workshop and a collection of graphics and drawings he bought in his 14-year journey across Europe. Share on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/share.php? u=http://www.slovenia.si/whats_new/200903/2009030510515816)