National Library of Bosnia, Sarajevo, in flames

In the autumn of 2000 the Lost Libraries Conference examined the impact of the loss of great book collections throughout history. A wide range of subjects and cultures were examined from ancient Mesopotamia and classical Greece to Nazi confiscations and modern China. A volume of essays drawn from the conference has been published as James Raven (ed.), Lost Libraries: The Destruction of Great Book Collections Since Antiquity. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 

Chapters include:-

  • Jeremy Black (University of Oxford), Lost Libraries of Ancient Mesopotamia
  • T. Keith Dix (University of Georgia), Aristotle’s ‘Peripatetic Library’
  • Nigel Ramsay (University of London), The Libraries of Pre-Reformation England
  • Martyn Rady (University of London), The Corvina Library and Hungary’s Lost Royal Archive
  • Richard Kremer (Dartmouth College), Text to Trophy: Shifting Functions for Regiomontanus’s Library
  • David Rundle (University of Oxford) The Dispersal of the Library of Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester
  • Martin Roland (University of Vienna) The Bürgerschule of Vienna
  • Friedrich Buchmayr (Monastery of Sankt Florian) Sakularization and Monastic Libraries in Austria
  • Dominique Varry (ENSSIB, Lyons) Revolutionary Seizures and their Consequences on French Library History
  • Clarissa Campbell Orr (Anglia Polytechnic University) Hanoverian Royal Libraries
  • Margaret Connolly (University College, Cork) Dispersal and Disappearance of Church of Ireland Diocesan Libraries
  • Sem C. Sutter (University of Chicago) Nazi Confiscations
  • Robert J. Fyne (Kean University) Fahrenheit 451