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The Legacy of Josephus Justus Scaliger in Leiden University Library Catalogues, 1609–1716

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The University of Leiden came into existence barely five months after the relief of Leiden from besieging Spanish forces. It was Dousa and Domenicus Baudius, a former student at the university, who suggested that the French humanist Josephus Justus Scaliger be asked to come to Leiden. Except for the Hebrew manuscripts and printed books of the theological plutei, up until 1609, the University Library had only a few 'Eastern' works. The Scaliger legacy therefore, enriched the library with a large collection of non-Western books and manuscripts, along with some Greek and Latin manuscripts and two globes. Scaliger's bequest appears to have set a good example, for later in the seventeenth century, the Oriental books and manuscripts of Levinus Warner were added to the library's collections. Leiden University Library possesses an early inventory of the books and manuscripts from Scaliger's library that was drawn up by his colleague Bonaventura Vulcanius.

Keywords: Domenicus Baudius; Hebrew manuscripts; Josephus Justus Scaliger; Latin manuscripts; Leiden University Library; Levinus Warner; Oriental books



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