Découverte d’une copie rare de la “Clé des langues” de Comenius

Titre: Rare copy of work by John Amos Comenius found in Vienna shop

  • Date: 5 Mars 2007
  • Source: Radio Prague

Synopsis:

Decouverte a Vienne d’une copie rare de “Janua linguarum reserata (la Cle des langues“, 1631) du philosophe et theologien morave John Amos Comenius, considere comme le pere de l’education moderne. On pensait jusqu’alors qu’il ne restait que deux copies de ce livre, l’une a Mannheim en Allemagne, l’autre au Monastere de Strahov a Prague, en Republique tcheque.

Quelques extraits de l’article (en Anglais):

  • “Josef Koller is a collector of antique prints who has devoted much of his life to finding rare and valuable books. During a recent stroll through Vienna, he walked into a little bookstore tucked away in one of the city’s narrow streets. And there, resting – almost forgotten – on a dusty shelf lay one of the most important pedagogical works of the 17th century.”

  • “About twenty years ago, an old hunched man in a dirty old coat came into an antiquarian bookshop in Bratislava with a list of some 12 to 15 of Comenius’ books. Among them were this one and another that I have since acquired. He asked the antiquarian how much the books would sell for if he were to bring them. The dealer was completely taken aback by the offer. It is difficult to put a price on such prints. But the old man never appeared there again, he probably passed away, and I am on a journey to look for these books. I know neither his name nor where he was from but have a trail to follow in Slovakia.”

En complement:

  • Comenius (article Wikipedia). Extrait: “Comenius est surtout connu pour son petit ouvrage intitule: Janua linguarum reserata ou la Cle des langues (Lesna, 1631) ou il a rassemble en 1000 phrases tous les mots usuels, de maniere a donner a la fois, en un temps tres-court, la connaissance des mots et celle des choses. Cet ouvrage eut un succes prodigieux : il a ete souvent reimprime et est traduit dans presque soutes les langues”
  • Citation: « Lorsque l’éducation générale de la jeunesse commencera par la bonne méthode, il ne manquera plus à personne ce qui lui est nécessaire pour bien penser et bien agir. »

~ by larchiviste on 6 March 2007.

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