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img manoscritto 1Librarian:  Laura Giallombardo

In reconstructing the history and evolution of this Collection we were not able to identify with any certainty the quantity and quality of the volumes that came from the Cardinal's library to Casanatense to create the first manuscript collection. It is a homogeneous collection, the fruit of methodical work of the donor made during his studious life.
This collection has preserved its original quality through the years, offering and receiving a remarkable quantity of material. The most important purchases occurred in the eighteenth century; remarkable were the transfer of oriental codices and the exchange of duplicate copies between the Casanatense and the Holy Office.

These events brought to the Library a copious number of manuscripts about the history of Chinese catholic missions between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.

Other important donations increased the collection such as that of Cardinal Garampi, who in 1792 donated to the Library Abbot Terribilini's collection of autograph manuscripts about the Roman Church.

Between the end of the 1800's and the beginning of the 1900's the Collection maintained its appearance and its content - at that time about 5.000 volumes - and remained substantially unvaried until the completion of compilation of the modern topographic inventory written between 1915 and 1920.

Additional codices were added to the Collection between 1965 and 1973, among them various works of music, which means the number of volumes in the current Collection is around 6.000.

Bibliography:
elencoA. Moricca Caputo, Catalogo dei manoscritti della Biblioteca Casanatense, Roma, 1949
elencoI. Ceccopieri, Il fondo manoscritti della Biblioteca Casanatense, Roma, Palombi, 1988
elencoV. De Gregorio, La Biblioteca Casanatense di Roma, Napoli, Ed. scientifiche italiane, 1993