National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Library
Rare books collection

Amount of valuable and rare books in NaUKMA Library Collection is over 11 032 items.

Most of these books are in the personal collections of V. Briukhovetsky, V. Starytsky, O. Pritsak and others.

Over 80 percent of the Rare books collection of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
One of the first books that entered this collection were books about the history of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy by V. Askochensky, Hv. Vovk, S. Golubev, and "The classified catalog of books of the Kyiv Theological Academy Library. 1890-1905” by A.S. Krylovsky.

There are works among the twentieth century publications of eminent political and scientific activists from Ukraine: M. Hrushevsky, M. Dragomanov, D. Chizhevsky, O. Efremov, M. Tugan-Baranovsky, V. Lipinsky, S. Siropolk and many others.
Collection also includes the big amount of low circulation publications from the Ukrainian diaspora till 1947, and rare books in the sense of their unusual appearance: format, exlibris, artwork, frames, placement of text and illustrations, etc.) As a part of the general collection of rare books  is a gift from Dr. Yury Mulyk-Lutsyk (1913-1991), which was given to Kyiv-Mohyla Academy by his widow, Valentuna Mulyk-Lutsyk (Bonitenko) on November 1997.

The oldest printed book from 1676 (Jena, Germany) and is a compilation of commentaries and interpretations to the famous book by Hugo Grotius “The Law of War and Peace” (De Jure Belli ac Pacis) written by Valentine Veltheim, President of University of Jena.

The oldest printed book of the general fund of rare editions is a publication that came out in 1676 in Jena (Germany) and is a compilation of commentaries and interpretations to the famous book by Hugo Grotius “The Law of War and Peace” (De Jure Belli ac Pacis) written by Valentine Veltheim, President of University of Jena.

 

 

 

The biggest part of the rare editions collection belongs to O. Pritsak (established in 2007), which is a personal collection of world scientist: historian-orientalist, philosopher and philologist, linguist, brilliant expert of scientific sources, a professor at Harvard University (USA). Also - the founder and first director of the Institute of Ukrainian Studies at Harvard University, based on the scientist's private collections, consisting of libraries, archives, museum exhibits, art works donated to NaUKMA by his widow Ms. Larysa Pritsak.

The oldest book in our collection is in O. Pritsak’s collection. It is one of the earliest printed Arabian books by famous Arab geographer, cartographer and traveler Al-Idrisi:
Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Muhammad bin 'Abd Allah bin Idris al-Idrisi, 1100-1166. De geographia vniuersali : Hortulus cultissimus, mire orbis regiones, prouincias, insulas, vrbes, earumque dimensiones & orizonta describens / Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Muhammad bin 'Abd Allah bin Idris al-Idrisi. - Romae : in Typographia Medicea, 1592. - [326 p.]. 

 

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