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[BKARTS] Restoration of Jesuit Books in Argentina



Hello all,
The Jesuits here in Argentina have undertaken a large campaign to collect up
and restore Jesuit texts and writings from the 15th to the 20th century.
More can be seen and read (in Spanish) here: www.fondoantiguo.info

I've been meaning to translate a bit of this for over a month now, and still
haven't had the time. So I send the site along cold turkey. There is much
information to be had at the site.
Roughly, here is some info:
The Jesuits in Argentina have collected up what remains of the original
books the Jesuits brought to Argentina in the 17th and 18th century. The
Jesuits were kicked out of Argentina by the Catholic church in 1767, and
many of the books were stolen, appropriated, sold off, etc. The Jesuits were
allowed back into Argentina in the 1850s. Since then they have managed to
join together in Buenos Aires a collection of more than 15,000 books,
letters, maps produced in the 15th to 18th centuries, plus other historical
material from the 19th and 20th centuries, originally belonging to the
Jesuits.  They have divided the work of restoring the works into 3 stages:
1. Unifying the collection. 2. Cleaning, and cataloging the collection. 3.
Defining and creating the "final resting place", where these works will
reside. Sounds like it will be in Buenos Aires.

The project is overseen by:
P. Martín M. Morales, SJ
Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu
Rome, Italy

Among other things, they will be training 15 Argentines as book
conservators. The courses will be given by Prof. Carlo Federici and Prof.
Melania Zanetti from Italy.

In the collection there are texts in Greek, Italian, Spanish. Interesting
that there are also texts in Guaraní, the language spoken by the Native
Americans in northern Argentina, Paraguay, and parts of Brazil. See:
http://www.fondoantiguo.info/frafon.htm

Overall, a very ambitious and necessary undertaking.

Best,
Alex Appella
www.transientbooks.com
Province of Córdoba, Argentina

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