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The Orient and eastern collections
Al-Sufi’s Book of Fixed Stars
They cover three geographical regions:
For example, the Library holds some very old Russian printed materials, such as a Bible printed by Ivan Fedorov in 1581, works that belonged to Catherine II, and Arabic language pieces such as Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine, printed in Rome in 1593.
BnF purchases oriental language materials for the Research library in the disciplines in which it excels: history, philosophy, religion, book history, and languages and literature. It also acquires European language studies on so-called “oriental” civilizations and countries.
The Reference library offers open-access books on the languages and literature of the three geographical regions considered as being “oriental”, in both original language and translated versions.
Original language materials are available for consultation in the Art and Literature Department.
Thursday, February 17, 2011