Although the library, as a place of gathering and research, remains a timeless value, digital publications contribute significantly to the dissemination and free access of knowledge. By participating in its own way in the creation of the large intangible library, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is digitizing important books that are not yet offered on the internet and which several times complete important series. A pioneer in digital humanities and education, the Foundation aims to bring some of its treasures to the general public with this new venture.

Digitized Books Available

1. Malo C., Constaninople (Paris c. 1830)

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A short tourist guide of Istanbul, part of Les capitales de l’Europe series, promenades pittoresques. The purpose of the publication is not to give a detailed description of the city, but transferring the atmosphere of the Ottoman capital, while the author tries to answer some original questions. This edition also reflects the prevailing trend of the era for “mass tourism” .

 

Author: Charles Malo
Title: Constantinople
Series: Les capitales de l’Europe, promenades pittoresques
Publisher: Marcilly Fils Aîné
Place of publication: Paris
Date of publication: c. 1830
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 36
Dimensions: 9,4 x 14,7 cm.
Language: French

2. Bartholomew J., The pocket Atlas of the World (London, 1890)

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A small world travel atlas published in the late 19th century in Great Britain. The maps included are very updated and in tune with the spirit of the era. It is a special book, published a few decades before the end of colonialism. Although our collection does not specialize in maps, it includes several atlases and rare cartographic material.

 

Author: John Bartholomew
Title: The Pocket Atlas of the World
Publisher: John Walker & Co.
Place of publication: London
Date of publication: 1890
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Maps: 63
Dimensions: 12,5 x 8,5 cm.
Language: English

3. Blum L., Pour être socialiste (Paris 1928)

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The author, André Léon Blum, has served as Prime Minister of France three times. He was deeply moved by the Dreyfus case that shocked Europe. This is a short book that reflects the ideological controversies of Europe in the early 20th century. Short and concise, it unfolds the author’s philosophy on major state issues.

 

Author: Léon Blum
Title: Pour être socialiste
Publisher: Librairie Populaire
Place of publication: Paris
Date of publication: 1928
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 16 x 10,5 cm
Language: French

4. Camocio G. F., Isole famose, porti, fotezze e terre maritime sottoposte alla Ser.ma Sig.ria di Venetia, ad altri Principi Cristiani, et al Sig.or Turco… (Venezia c. 1574)

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One of the rarest and most important books of our collection. It belongs among the great tradition of 16th century isolaria, at a time when the conflict between the Ottomans and the Venetians over the Aegean Sea is at its height.

 

Author: Giovanni Francesco Camocio
Title: Isole famose, porti, fotezze e terre maritime sottoposte alla Ser.ma Sig.ria di Venetia, ad altri Principi Cristiani, et al Sig.or Turco..
Publisher: Libreria del segno di S. Marco
Place of publication: Venice
Date of publication: c. 1574
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 78
Language: Italian

5. Chronologie Universelle (c. 1760)

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This is a pocket chronology, which refers mainly to the monarchs since the creation of the world, emphasizing on the royal houses of Europe and the important battles until 1760. It is clear, due to its dimensions, that the user intended to have it on him/her at all times and certainly in travel so that he can look back on it immediately and easily. Such chronologies were very popular in Europe and circulated widely.

 

Title: Chronologie Universelle
Publication date: ca. 1760
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 122
Dimensions: 11 x 7 cm
Languange: French

6. Coronelli V., Repubblica di Venezia p. IV. Citta, Fortezze, ed altri Luoghi principali dell’ Albania, Epiro e Livadia, e particolarmente i posseduti da Veneti descritti e delineati dal p. Coronelli  (Venezia 1688)

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One of the rarest albums of the Venetian Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718), whose maps had a huge impact in Europe and were systematically copied. In this work, Coronelli maps Venetian possessions. Of particular interest are the inserted representations inspired by the Venetian victories over the Ottomans.

Author: Vincenzo Maria Coronelli
Title: Repubblica di Venezia p. IV. Citta, Fortezze, ed altri Luoghi principali dell’ Albania, Epiro e Livadia, e particolarmente i posseduti da Veneti descritti e delineati dal p. Coronelli
Place of publication: Venice
Publication date: 1688
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 160
Language: Italian

6. Notice sur la Mer Noire, sur son littoral et sur les principaux forts (Βruxelles 1854)

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The Black Sea remained a “closed Ottoman sea” until about the 18th century. In the 19th century it came to fore and gained a special place in the travel literature. The book Notice sur la Mer Noire, sur son littoral et sur les principaux forts offers a short tour at the most important harbours-cities ot the Black Sea and includes rich historical and naval information.

 

 

Title: Notice sur la Mer Noire, sur son littoral et sur les principaux forts
Place of publication: Brussels
Publication date: 1854
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 33
Language: French