Turkic manuscripts and old-printed books of the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages:
to the history of oriental studies in Russia
(60th Meeting of the PIAC, Székesfehérvár 2017)
The paper focuses on the Fund of the rare books of Scientific Library of the MGIMO University, which contains manuscripts, early printed and lithographed editions in Turkish (Ottoman), Tatar, Persian and Arabic.
The main source of these books and manuscripts is considered to be the library of the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages which was established in Moscow in 1815. A small number of Turkic manuscripts has been described earlier and already drawn the attention of researchers, but the greater part of Turkic manuscript, lithographs and old-printed books has not been described yet and thus was not brought into scientific circulation.
Many manuscripts and lithographs which are undoubtedly invaluable materials for the history of Oriental Studies in Russia have later annotations of different types: tagging, printing, owners’ inscriptions, bookmarks, notes, marginal additions often allow us to detect the ways of their inflow to the library of the Lazarev Institute.