Leuven in Books, Books in Leuven: The Oldest University of the Low Countries and Its Library

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Author: Sebastian Hierl
Date: Spring 2001
From: Libraries & Culture(Vol. 36, Issue 2)
Publisher: University of Texas at Austin (University of Texas Press)
Document Type: Book review
Length: 758 words

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Leuven in Books, Books in Leuven: The Oldest University of the Low Countries and Its Library. Edited by Christian Coppens. Louvain, Belgium: Louvain University Press, 1999. 324 pp. 1700 BEF (42.14 EURO). ISBN 90-6186-951-X.

Leuven in Books, Books in Leuven is a catalog published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same title held between March and May 1999 at the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and organized by the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. It is a handsome, 8 1/4 X 11 3/4 inch soft-cover catalog printed on permanent paper that retraces the turbulent history of one of the world's foremost academic libraries. It includes numerous black-and-white illustrations of objects in the exhibit.

The history of this tradition-rich Flemish university and its library starts in the fifteenth century. The authors--who are all librarians at Leuven--provide the historic and cultural context of the foundation of the university in 1425 and of the library in 1636. Of a total of ten chapters, the first five retrace the history of the library through the Humanistic period, the Renaissance, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and the Belgian Revolution....

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