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  • }Blue Blood,Black Ink !Book Collections of Aristocratic Families from 1500 to 1700

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  • }Blue Blood,Black Ink !Book Collections of Aristocratic Families from 1500 to 1700

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    International travelling exhibition

    Zagreb, Martin, Bratislava, Budapest, Burg Forchtenstein

    SFall 2005Fall 2007 s

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  • Exhibition organised by:

    Orszgos Szchnyi Knyvtr (Magyarorszg)Slovensk nrodn kninica (Szlovkia)

    Esterhzy Privatstiftung (Ausztria)Nacionalna i Sveuilina Knjinica (Horvtorszg)

    Catalogue published by the National Szchnyi LibraryExecutive publisher: Istvn Monok

    Main Curator: Istvn MonokCurators: Klra Komorov, Ivan Kosi, Stefan Krner

    Editor of the catalogue: Istvn Monok

    Exhibition organised by and assistant editors: Edina Szilrdi, Ivan Kosi, Davorka Penica, Edina Vgner

    Catalogue design: Lszl Kiss

    Introduction by Istvn Monok

    Essays and descriptions byEva Frimmov, Klra Komorov, Ivan Kosi, Stefan Krner, Vladimir Magi, Istvn Monok, Helena Saktorov

    Maps drawn by Katalin Plihl, Balzs Mihlyi

    Translation by Elayne Antalffy, Edina Szilrdi, Graham McMaster, Maria Oklov, Kornlia Vargha

    Photo credits:Darko Cimek, Andrs Dabasi, Jzsef Hapk, Mannfred Horvath, Sonja Hrelja, Anna Janiov,

    Jnos Kldos, Lajos Karasz, Zoltn Nagy, Erika Nagy-Czikkely, Anik Zsli

    Exhibited material on loan from:

    HungaryOrszgos Szchnyi Knyvtr Budapest

    Magyar Orszgos Levltr BudapestDebreceni Egyetem Egyetemi s Nemzeti Knyvtr Debrecen

    Etvs Lornd Tudomnyegyetem Egyetemi Knyvtr BudapestMagyar Tudomnyos Akadmia Knyvtra Budapest

    Magyar Nemzeti Mzeum Budapest

    AustriaEsterhzy Privatstiftung EisenstadtEsterhzysche Bibliothek Eisenstadt

    sterreichische Nationalbibliothek WienFranziskaner Klosterbibliothek Gssing

    SlovakiaSlovensk nrodn kninica Martin

    Univerzitn kninica BratislavaSlovensk nrodn mzeum erven Kame, Martin

    CroatiaNacionalna i Sveuilina Knjinica Zagreb

    Bibliotheca Metropolitana ZagrebHrvatski povijesni muzej Zagreb Hrvatski dravni arhiv Zagreb

    ISBN 963 200 498 1Croatian version: ISBN 953 500 043 8 German version: ISBN 9 9501891 3 0Hungarian version: ISBN 963 200 497 3 Slovak version: ISBN 80 89023 27 4

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  • There is much talk nowadays about Europeanco-operation, which is quite natural. It is just asnatural as this co-operation was in the Early Modernage, although it was not called European co-oper-ation at that time.

    Basically, there are political obstacles to com-mon thinking. The rapprochement that has beenachieved is mainly due to the work of institutionsand private individuals. True, political agreementsare needed to provide a frame for this work. Insti-tutional co-operation generally precedes politicalrapprochement, because the work done togetherrests on disciplinary foundations.

    The present exhibition is a result of the co-op-eration of four countries. The aim of each of thescholarly workshops and public collections SlovakNational Library, Croatian University and Nation-al Library, Burgenland State Library, EsterhzyPrivate Foundation, National Szchnyi Library is to study the cultural heritage entrusted to itscare, document its history and not least of all,present it to readers and visitors. The basic mes-sage of the exhibition is precisely that we can on-ly work in an effective and truly expert way forthe attainment of these aims if we place the reali-ties of the past beside those of the present. The

    families whose collections this exhibition attemptsto present never gave any thought to which fu-ture, 19th21st century nations past they wouldbelong to. As subjects of the Kingdom of Hun-gary they served its king and strove to ease its mainproblems. The overriding concern in the EarlyModern age was unification of the country andexpulsion of the Turks, in the cultural field it wasraising the general civilizational level of the coun-trys population, tending their spiritual needs, inother words, supporting the churches. These fam-ilies were not simply Croatian, Hungarian, Aust-rian, Slovenian or Slovak families but, throughtheir members, they formed an integral part ofthe European aristocracy. Husbands and wivesand their families originating from the Italian,Czech, German, Polish, French and other nationsensured this network of connections. On this ba-sis the institutions maintained and supported byindividual families schools, churches, printinghouses, etc. achieved the kind of European co-operation that we are now striving for today.

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    Milieus, regions, periods, families and personsall have their recognisable features and characteris-tics, affected by many factors, at the same time en-abling the recognition of such milieus, regions, pe-riods, families and persons. One of these factors isindubitably culture, and libraries, guardians of thewritten heritage, are certainly indicators of the cul-tural maturity of a given milieu, and also of the pe-riod, the region, family and person.

    This is, among other things, a reason for themounting of the Blue Blood, Black Ink Book Col-lections of Aristocratic Families from 1500 to 1700jointly organised by the National and UniversityLibrary in Zagreb, the National Szchnyi Library inBudapest, the Slovak National Library in Martin,and the Esterhzy Private Foundation in Burgenland.

    From Croatia, there will be an exhibition of aselection of books from the Zrnyi family library,some extant copies of works of individual mem-bers of the Frangepn family, and a selection ofbooks from the Library of Janez Vajkard Valvasor,the Slovene nobleman, which has been kept sincethe end of the 17th century in the Metropolitana,the library of the Archiepiscopate of Zagreb. Asfor the Zrnyi Library, it is worth pointing outthat this library (500 volumes and 29 manuscriptsthat have been extracted) is kept as a special unitin the National and University Library, and hasbeen since 1892, when it was purchased by thethen Croatian National Government. Together withthe books, some other emblems of these familiesare on show, and the books and libraries of aristo-cratic families from Austria, Hungary and Slovakiawill be displayed in a similar manner.

    This exhibition conveys many but two mainmessages. The noble or aristocratic families, boththose from Croatia and those from the othercountries mentioned, were not only political butalso social and economic pillars of the society ofthe time. Many historical sources tell us beyonda shadow of doubt that in one way or another

    they were also an essential factor in cultural life,in the broadest sense, and not just in their owncourts. One of the most reliable and vivid indica-tors is actually in their libraries, which were notjust an embellishment to their courts, but also in-dicators of their cultural maturity. They were in-dicators of their awareness of the importance ofbooks, as sources of practically timeless knowl-edge and information, and also as sources of theknowledge that they themselves used, which meansthat they were genuinely cultural people, in thebroadest sense of education and science, and notjust book fans, bibliophiles. All this imparts a sep-arate dimension to their overall work and impor-tance, which in historical evaluations sometimesreceives inadequate focus.

    This exhibition too vividly confirms and bearswitness to a common not just in cultural terms Central European space, which has for centuriesb