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The Library of the Carmelite Monastery at Piasek in Cracow

The Library of the Carmelite Monastery at Piasek in Cracow

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Szymon Sułecki.  The Library of the Carmelite Monastery at Piasek in Cracow   Edizione Carmelitane – 2018 – ISBN 978-88-7288-170-5  -  334 pages – Extensive bibliography and appendices

This book is the first monograph study on the library of the Carmelites at Piasek (Crakow). It presents the first 400 years of its existence, starting from its inception late in the 14th century, through its development in the course of the 15th and 16th centuries, to its flowering during the 17th and 18th centuries. The study deals with fundamental issues, such as the organization of the library, the Carmelite provisions regulating library issues, as well as reconstructs the contents of its book holdings over successive periods. Surviving manuscripts, including liturgical ones, are discussed. The Carmelite approach to the idea and the institution of of a monastery library is traced throughout the ages, while the history of the book collection is linked both with specific events and developments within the monastery itself and with individuals who had the care and use of the library. Szymon Sułecki is a graduate in history from the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow and in 2013 received his PhD. He works at the Carmelite monastery in Cracow as archivist and head of special collections.

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