Muzeul Naţional Brukenthal, Sibiu Brukenthal National Museum of Sibiu
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2 / 2011
Liber amicitiae: Andrea Alciatus, Emblemata, Lyon, 1564,
in the Library of the National Museum Brukenthal
Liber amicitiae, Album amicorum, Stammbuch, Emlékkönyv, is the book in which friends sign. The signature is usually accompanied by a dedication to the owner of the book, as well as by a quotation, either from the Bible, or from the classics of Antiquity or from contemporary authors. It originates in the 16-th century and it continus into the following centuries.
The Library of the National Museum Brukenthal is in possession of some of these „book of friendschip”. One of it is the „Emblemata” by Giovanni Andrea Alciato (latinized Alciatus), a jurist and philologist from Milan (1492-1550), the book was publisched at Lyons in 1564. It belonged to Hieronymus Hübner of Wels, upper Austria, and contains 160 handwritten recordings, dedications and portraites made by colleagues and professions from the Tübingen, Wittenberg, and Ingolstadt Universities, as well as some from Wels, the native tom of the owner of the book. Some of these recordings, 42 in number, are accompanied by nobiliary arms, drawn and coloured by hand.
These recordings extend themselves oven a period of 29 years (1571-1600) the student years at the abore-mentioned universities and the oves spent by the onver ap the book, as a magistrate in Wels.
Keywords: medieval libraries, liber amicitiae, Library of the Brukenthal National Museum, Emblemata, Alciatus
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