One of the gems of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is the Album Amicorum of Ferenc Pápai Páriz, Jr., that he carried with himself on his one and half decade long European peregrination (1711-1726). This album amicorum, the use of which followed a widespread European practice of the age, is now made available for all those interested in this period and topic. This album, which offers a very special glance into the intellectual life of 18th-century Europe, is published at the Internet on the occasion of Hungary’s accession to the European Union on May 1, 2004.
The 122 pages of the Album preserve nice mementos written in Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Spanish or Syriac – and in many cases in more than one language – by English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Polish and Swiss personalities: bishops, professors, physicians as well as many students that became celebrities of the next generation. The notes are regularly composed of a quotation, a motto and a recommendation, followed by a signature. You can browse in them by persons, places, dates or the original pages. We have managed to identify almost all the persons who made their notes in the Album: we also include their biographies. Our publication is further enriched with maps, with frontispieces of some important works, as well as portraits of the persons. We cordially recommend it to the attention of every visitor of us.
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