News2019.06.12 15:32

Vilna Gaon's manuscripts put on Memory of the World Register

BNS 2019.06.12 15:32

The manuscripts of the Vilna Gaon, an eighteenth-century Jewish thinker, have been put on Lithuania's national Memory of the World Register.

Documents of Simonas Daukantas, a nineteenth-century historian, have also been included into the register, the National Library of Lithuania said on Wednesday.

The manuscripts of the Vilna Gaon, Elijah ben Solomon Zalman who lived in the 18th century, form a collection of his works published across Europe in 1799–1940. It also includes several rare pieces, and almost all of these publications are the only copies held in Lithuania.

The Vilna Gaon wrote on all major issues relating to Judaism and Jewish religious outlook.

The second batch of documentary heritage includes 11 manuscripts by Daukantas, a Lithuanian historian, author and illuminator who lived in the 19th century. The documents were produced between 1831 and 1858, covering areas of Daukantas' activity, including historiography, translations of ancient and modern authors, as well as lexicography.

The 11 manuscripts were produced over a period of almost 30 years, covering the most mature and creative period of Daukantas' life.

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