The Miscellanea Collections
Collection materials in format
The Miscellanea Collections comprise two collections made of volumes containing several small publications bound together.
The Miscellanea Collections comprise two collections made of volumes containing several small publications bound together. The Miscellanea Collection contains 823 volumes with a total of 5,570 publications and the Miscellanea Korff Collection contains 375 volumes with a total of 2,120 publications. The collections include literature since the sixteenth century, mainly from the eighteenth century. The publications cover nearly all fields of science, religious matters, politics, wars, philosophy, jurisprudence and erotica. The collection also includes practical guides. Approximately half of the publications in the Miscellanea Collections are written in German, a third in Latin and some 10 percent in French. It also includes publications in Swedish and English.
The main reason for binding the publications together was to facilitate their storing. Many of the volumes, especially in the Miscellanea-Korff Collection, form a thematic unit, which aims to collect together the literary discussion concerning one topic.
Part of the collection has been catalogued on title level. The sections of Korff Collection have been divided in accordance with their format (size) to octavos, quartos, etc.
More information about cataloguing
The collection has been only partly catalogued into the National Library Search. The Miscellanea Korff sub-collection has been catalogued more fully.
The Miscellanea Collection has been formed by selection from other collections. The Miscellanea-Korff Collection, however, was included in the Paul Aleksandroff donation received from St. Petersburg in 1832. The collection received its name from the original collector, Baron Johann Albrecht von Korff (1697–1766). Von Korff was a bibliophile, freethinker, President of the Imperial Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences and Russian ambassador in Sweden and Denmark, and this collection reflects his interests.
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