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The Nekcsei-Lipócz Bible, a 14th-Century Illuminated Manuscript from Hungary

(The following is a post by Kenneth Nyirady, Reference Specialist for Hungary, in the Library’s European Division.) The Library of Congress possesses more than 1,500 editions of the Bible in over 150 languages. The most famous item in this collection is the 15th-century Gutenberg Bible, on permanent display in the Library’s Great Hall. Also on […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 5/13-21/2016

Friday, May 13, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. Lecture: The Literary Legacy of ÁLVARO MUTIS Charlotte Rogers, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia Assistant Professor of Spanish Charlotte Rogers (University of Virginia) will discuss the work and legacy of Álvaro Mutis, one of Colombia’s most prominent poets and prose writers, author of the acclaimed compendium “Adventures […]

Book as Microcosm: A Unique Hebrew Copy of Ibn Sina’s Canon

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) The book is bound in dark brown leather over wooden boards, its tooled surface rubbed smooth with age. Its envelope-style binding, common to works in the Muslim world, is highly unusual in the world of Hebrew […]

Jewish Genealogy Lecture in Celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month on May 16th

(The following is a post by Sharon Horowitz, Reference Librarian, Hebraic Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) In 1882 three Blumenthal brothers, Sam, Philip and Barney, left the Duchy of Courland, today part of western Latvia, bound for the United States. Michigan became the place they called home. Initially working as traveling peddlers, the three […]

The Library of Congress to Celebrate the Works of Idea Vilariño and Álvaro Mutis

(The following is a post by Catalina Gómez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Division.) This month the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress is happy to present, together with the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, two literary programs that will bring to light the work of two of the most groundbreaking poets of the 20th century […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar (5/6-14/2016)

Friday, May 6, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. Lecture: Political Interrogations and Human Rights Violations in the Brazilian Military Dictatorship Professor Mariana Joffili (State University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) Professor Mariana Joffili (State University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) will discuss her research on military dictatorships and human rights violations in Latin America. This event is […]

Cervantes’ “Don Quixote”: A Celebration of the Spanish Language

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division.) This year Spain and the world are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616), author of “Don Quixote,” the first novel written in the modern world, published in 1605. Written as a criticism of the chivalric […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar (5/2-7/2016)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. Book Talk: “Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books” by Author Mark Glickman The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division presents author Mark Glickman speaking about his new book, “Stolen Words: the Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books.” Free and open to the public. […]

Reflections on Symbols of Women’s History in Modern Context

(The Following is a post by Joan Weeks, Head, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) With the celebration of Women’s History Month in March, images of suffragettes and suffragists marching for voting rights, or women on the assembly lines such as “Rosie the Riveter,” were frequently displayed around the country. In February 1980, […]