Biblioteka kolegiacka w Wieluniu w świetle inwentarza z 1766 roku
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The aim of this article is presentation of the collegial church library in Wieluń and its XVIII century book collection. That is based on the Latin inventory Libri Bibliothecae which was a part of the records from the Wielun collegial church inspection provided on 23rd of June, 1766 by Ignacy Augustyn Sariusz Kozierowski, the subsidiary bishop of archdeaconate in Gniezno. The library was archived in the diocese of Wrocławek. The library stored at that time about 800 volumes. In order to make a review of its resources, the books from the inventory were sorted in relation to their content, and ascribed to particular sections according to a classifi cation typical for church libraries such as Bibles and concordances, comments to bible, fathers, doctors and apologists of the Church, speculative and dogmatic theology, moral theology, preaching, polemists, hagiography, ascetism, mysticism, passions, catechetic, liturgics, ecclesiastical and lay law, philosophy, church and lay history, ancient authors, humanists, dictionaries, tables and miscellaneous. In the middle of XVIII century, the collection included the biggest number of preachings, about 50 volumes, while the less represented were passions, just 2 volumes. The second largest sector was miscellaneous items with 30 volumes. Church authors signifi cantly dominated over the lay authors. The core of the collection consisted of Jesuits’ writings. Widely represented were also Dominicans and Franciscans. There was lack of books on church history while there were 5 volumes on lay history. The belles-lettres books in Polish were also absent, therefore it was typical a church library of that time.
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