Italy’s culture ministry has acquired the vast library and archive of Umberto Eco, the late Italian medievalist, philosopher, and writer, as an official part of the cultural heritage of the state. The acquisition guarantees the conservation of this incredible legacy, while also making it accessible to students and scholars.
His ‘modern’ library and the archive will be given on a loan for nearly 100 years to the Alma Mater of Bologna, where Eco taught for most of his life. It contains roughly 30,000 volumes in total. Eco’s ‘ancient’ library, titled “Bibliotheca semiologica Curosa, lunatica, magica et pneumatica,” will be kept by the Braidense National Library in Milan. It contains a further 1,200 volumes.
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