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Baltazar Bogišić’s Reading Culture

Danijela Erak orcid id

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str. 243-277

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Historians, legal scholars, ethnographers and other experts have hitherto taken great interest in most diverse aspects of Baltazar Bogišić’s private and professional life, yet none of them have studied Bogišić as a reader. Therefore, the aim of this article is to provide at least a partial insight into Bogišić’s reading interests on the basis of the material and content characteristics of one part of the rich library holdings of the Baltazar Bogišić Collection in Cavtat, interpretation of the selected correspondence, preserved receipts of the acquisition and borrowing of books, as well as the books mentioned in Bogišić’s (auto)biography. The insight is partial due mainly to the fact that the results are based on the analysis of non-foreign publications printed during his lifetime, thus leaving the full profile of Bogišić as a reader incomplete.
The analysis of the selected materials has shown that Bogišić acquired books by purchase or via subscription, received them as a gift, borrowed and used them in public reading rooms. He amassed classical literary works, books and periodicals dealing with historical topics, along with numerous dictionaries and grammar books. Bogišić focused his reader’s zeal on the works in the field of law and public administration, ethnography and cultural anthropology. Bogišić’s margine notes confirm that he was not equally immersed in all the readings, while still uncut pages of some books and periodicals testify to their unread status. The majority of works have been printed in Croatian, though books in Latin, Italian and German also add to the collection, that is, books containing texts in the French, Russian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Slovenian and Serbian language. Most books are written in Latin script, and to a lesser extent in other scripts (most commonly Serbian Cyrillic). The collection that Bogišić
amassed during his lifetime was to serve as the foundation for a public library in Dubrovnik, yet this goal, due partly to his early death, was never accomplished.

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Baltazar Bogišić; Baltazar Bogišić Collection; library; history of the book; history of reading

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