The Personal Library of Ladislav Jan Živný in the National Museum Library
|Keywords||National Museum Library (Prague), educators, librarians, personal libraries – literature on librarianship and bibliography of the 19th and 20th centuries, book provenances|
|Type of Article||Peer-reviewed|
|Citation||KUBOŠOVÁ, Pavla . The Personal Library of Ladislav Jan Živný in the National Museum Library. Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Prague: National Museum, 2014, 59(3-4), 38–44, 54. ISSN 0036-5351. Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/amnphl/59-3-4/the-personal-library-of-ladislav-jan-zivny-in-the-national-museum-library|
The National Museum Library purchased books of Ladislav Jan Živný (1872–1949) along with the original furniture at the end of the 1940s. Živný was originally a secondary-school teacher; he achieved the most in the fields of librarianship and bibliography. He travelled mainly over Western Europe, from where he drew inspiration for his activities. Živný established the first Czech bibliographic institute, he worked in the National Library in Prague, he was an editor and founder of a number of journals and he also contributed to foreign periodicals. His library is an interesting collection of publications, reflecting his profession and interests. It consists of books on librarianship, bibliography, pedagogy, history, literary history and so on. The publications are written in the world’s major and Slavic languages. Books published in South America, South Africa and China are valuable as well. Some of the books from Živný’s original library are placed separately under the shelf mark ‘Živný’, but most of them are scattered all over the library collections of the Central Library Department and also in the ‘Bibliophilia’ book collection of the Book Culture Department. Some of Živný’s books contain provenance marks, for example stamped ex libris, graphic ex libris, handwritten dedications and signatures. The former owners of these books were mainly Ladislav Jan Živný and many more Czech and world librarianship figures.