The Arabic manuscripts in Trinity have found their champion! The Library has been fortunate to have Dr Torsten Wollina whose forensic study of the makings of the collection has opened it up to further research.
Continuing his quest to explain the logic behind the earliest Library manuscripts catalogues, Visiting Cofund Fellow Torsten Wollina’s fourth post brings us up to the eighteenth century.
Library catalogues as a literary form? In his most recent discussion of our historic catalogues, as part of his provenance research into the Arabic collection, Torsten Wollina dignifies (and theorizes about) cataloguing in terms of ‘poetics’.
All venerable old libraries have a complicated ‘back catalogue’ – quite literally. As part of his history of our Arabic collection, Visiting Research Cofund Torsten Wollina investigates the earliest manuscript catalogue – the ‘1670’.
This is the third in a series of posts from our Visiting Research Fellow Dr Torsten Wollina looking into the history of Trinity’s collection of Arabic manuscripts.