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The History of Jesuit Libraries in Croatia

An Overview

Marica Sapro-Ficovic City Library Dubrovnik, Croatia

Zeljko Vegh City Library Zagreb, Croatia


The purpose of this study is to provide a historical overview of the Jesuit libraries in Croatia from their foundation to the present. The first known libraries were at Jesuit high schools, called "colleges," established during the seventeenth century. This article deals with foundation of libraries at the Jesuit colleges in Zagreb, Varazdin, Pozega, Rijeka, and Dubrovnik, emphasizing their role supporting education and the dissemination of knowledge. These libraries were witness to a strong influence of Jesuits colleges on the spiritual, educational, and intellectual life of many Croats. Highlighted in this respect is the famous library of the Jesuit school in Dubrovnik (Collegium Ragusinum). After the suppression of Jesuit order in 1773, the colleges were closed, and their libraries scattered and plundered. Nevertheless, many books survived. Portions of the collections of the former Jesuit colleges are today an invaluable part of the patrimony of the largest Croatian libraries.


Jesuits - Croatia - translation - Dubrovnik college - Zagreb college - Varazdin college - Pozega college - Rijeka college - library history - old and rare book collections


Jesuits arrived on Croatian soil in the mid-sixteenth century by invitation, shortly after the founding of the Society of Jesus. In the seventeenth century,

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they established high schools (called colleges) in several of the region's cities (Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Rijeka, and Pozega). These lasted for almost two centuries and were among the most important pedagogical institutions in Croatia, resulting in outstanding contributions from famous Jesuits in almost all intellectual fields. One of the conditions for obtaining permission to establish a college was the presence of a library. The structure of surviving collections of the former Jesuit libraries places them at the core of the colleges' educational work. When the Society was suppressed in 1773, their colleges were closed and their books were scattered. However, numerous volumes have been preserved, and they can be found in various places today: in Jesuit residences, as well as in universities, monasteries, and other libraries. Jesuit operations in Croatia were interrupted, but their legacy has not been: the remains of their original book collections provide evidence that the Society's pursuit of knowledge has been a continuous part of the intellectual history of the region. The importance of Jesuit libraries for Croatian culture was demonstrated on the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of the National and University Library in Zagreb (nul) in 2007, which commemorated the 1607 foundation by the Jesuits of the first high school in that city. The nul contains many books with "College. Paren. S. J. catalogo inscriptus" written on the title page. Most of these volumes were purchased in Graz and Vienna, since the Jesuits in Zagreb were part of the Austrian Province. Graz was a large printing center, as well as the place where a number of Croatian candidates for the Society of Jesus were educated.

Among the well-known authors who have written about Jesuits in the region, including Gaetan Bernoville (1889-1960), Thomas Campbell (17901858), Jacques Cretineau-Joly (1803-1875), Joseph de Jouvancy (1643-1719), and Carlos Sommervogel (1834-1902), there are also numerous Croats: Francesco Maria Appendini (1769-1837), Franjo Fancev (1882-1943), Mijo Korade (1947-), Duro Korbler (1873-1927), Tomo Matic (1874-1968), Vladimir Muljevic (19132007), and Vjekoslav Stefanic (1900-1975), to name just a few. Prominent among the Croatian Jesuits was Miroslav Vanino (1879-1965), who contributed immensely to the study of the history of the Society in the region. His life's work, the two-volume Isusovci i hrvatski narod [Jesuits and the Croatian People], provides a detailed study of the colleges.1 He also launched the periodical Zivot [Life] in 1919 and a respected journal, Croatia Sacra, in 1931, as well as helping to start Vrela iprinosi. Fontes etStudia [Sources and Contributions], a publication focusing on the history of Croatian Jesuits at home and abroad

1 Miroslav Vanino, The Jesuits and the Croatian People (Zagreb: Philosophical-Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus, 1969-1987), 2 vols.; continued by Valentin Miklobusec in vols. 3-4 (Zagreb: Philosophical-Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus, 2005-2007).

(1932-1941, 1981-present). Croatian Jesuits also composed the most significant publication of primary-source material for the history of the Balkan countries, a large work called Illyricum sacrum.2 It is based on the large historical archive (called the "Illyrian library") collected during the nineteenth century by authors in several Italian cities and the former Roman province of Illyria. Only parts of this trove have been identified in the museums and archives of Padua, Venice, and Zagreb, as well as the Garagnin-Fanfogna library of Trogir.3 This collection, as yet underutilized, is fundamental to the study of history, especially church history, in the Balkan region. A second major compilation of documents related to the history of the Society of Jesus includes the reports or Litterae annuae from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. At that time, Croatia was split into two parts: northern, ruled by the Austrian Empire; and southern, ruled by Venetians, with the exception of the independent Republic of Dubrovnik. Croatian Jesuits in the north were consequently under the jurisdiction of the Austrian province, headquartered in Vienna; those in the south under that of the Venetian province, centered in Bologna; and those in the Dubrovnik Republic under that of the Roman province. Therefore the major original sources for the history of the Dubrovnik Jesuits are located in the general curia of the Society in Rome. Some materials can also be found in the state archives of Dubrovnik and the central archives of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb.

These vast collections, however, contain very little material concerning the Jesuit libraries. After the Society was suppressed in 1773, special commissions were appointed to inventory the institutions (colleges, residences, and missions),

2 Illyricum sacrum, 8 vol. (Venice: Coleti, 1751-1819). Filippo Riceputi (1667-1742) began to collect materials with the help of Italian and Croatian Jesuits Pacifico Bizza (1695-1756; Archbishop of Split, 1746-1756), Ardelio Della Bella (1655-1737), Stefano Cupilli (1659-1719; Archbishop of Split, 1708-1719) and others. After the death of Riceputi, the work was continued and completed by Daniele Farlati (1690-1773) and Jacopo Coleti (1734-1827). Miroslav Vanino, "Illyricum Sacrum i zacetnik mu F. Riceputi" [Illyricum Sacrum and its author F. Riceputi] Vrela i prinosi: zbornik za povijest isusovackog reda u hrvatskim krajevima 1 (1932): 10-79, here 12-13.

3 Miroslav Kurelac notes that the collection of documents (fourteen volumes) of Garagnin-Fanfogna was purchased by the national archives in Zagreb in the 1930s, where it is kept under the signature 8.1-4. Miroslav Kurelac, "Isusovacki povjesnicari balkanskih zemalja: povijesna djela isusovaca u Hrvata" [ Jesuit Historians of Balkan Countries: Historical Works of Croatian Jesuits], in Isusovci u Hrvata: zbornik radova Medunarodnog znanstvenog sim-pozija Isusovci na vjerskom, znanstvenom i kulturnom podrucju u Hrvata [Jesuits among Croats: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Jesuits in Religious, Scientific and Cultural Fields in Croatia], eds. Vladimir Horvat and Josip Rozmaric (Zagreb: Filozofsko-teoloski institut Druzbe Isusove, 1992), 26-41, here 33.

including their libraries. The resulting catalogues are often the main, and sometimes the only, source for the study of the Jesuit libraries. Unfortunately, many important documents, such as historia and diaria of Jesuit houses, have not been preserved, or have been removed from Croatia. Examples include materials from the colleges of Varazdin and Zagreb, which are lost, and the diarium of the Osijek residence, held in Budapest. The removal or destruction of documentary evidence on libraries, whether deliberate or not, facilitated their looting and dispersal. For example, although a portion of the collection from the library of the Zagreb college ended up at the Royal University Library in Zagreb (now the National and University Library), another part was removed to Budapest.4 Other books from Jesuit colleges can be found in various institutions throughout Croatia, including the Zagreb city library. Adding to the difficulties, as the inventories from 1773 and afterwards frequently omit authors' names, places, and years of the publication of books, determining the contents of the original collections is very difficult. To complicate matters further, as the lists are written entirely in Latin, the exact language of a book listed as held by a library can be difficult to identify: for example, was S. Francisci Salesii Philothea, found in the catalog of the Pozega college library, originally written in Latin or French? In rare cases, researchers can discover a large collection of volumes from a given college library in a single place, together with a list of the books. This is the case for the former Rijeka college library; the main part of which is in the Rijeka university library, while the rest resides in the first Croatian gymnasium in Susak (a section of Rijeka).

Libraries of Jesuit Colleges in Northern Croatia

Upon their arrival in Croatia in the sixteenth century, the Jesuits started their work with the cultural and religious education of the local population; they created schools (both gymnasia and colleges) in the seventeenth century. Opening a library in the colleges was mandatory, as the rules of the Society and the Ratio studiorum required these institutions to set aside a certain amount of

4 At the time of the suppression of the Society of Jesus, the Royal University library changed its name to the Academy library. Striving to protect Croatian interests, the governing Croatian Royal Council, which was subject to the jurisdiction of Vienna, moved books from the Jesuit college in Zagreb to the Academy library. The royal council was abolished in 1779, six years after the suppression of the Jesuits. The books of the Zagreb college then came under the supervision of the governing Hungarian regency council, which was concerned primarily with the history and culture of Hungary. It thus ordered the transfer of the Zagreb college books which did not concern Hungary to the University Library in Budapest.

money for the acquisition of books. In addition, the regulations prescribed in detail the duties of librarians, as well as the methods of acquiring, storing, retaining, and classifying the volumes.5 Based on the 1610 note "Residentae Zagrabiensis Societatis catalogo inscriptus," found in some texts in the nul, the Jesuits had a library in their Zagreb residence even before the founding of the city's college in 1611.6 According to 1611 archival documents from the gymnasium, entitled Collegium Zagrabiensis inscriptus, this "library" began as a small collection of titles used by both the residence and gymnasium. Over time, the collection increased by means of donations. For example, the manuscript history Collegio Historia Societatis Jesu notes that Hungarian historian Nicholas Istvanffy (1538-1615) left a large bequest of books to the Society in Zagreb after his death.7

The Jesuit gymnasium in Zagreb became an academy with the introduction of the study of philosophy in 1663. By 1771, the subjects taught also included theology, canon law, speculative theology, and Biblical studies. New disciplines demanded new books. According to the inventory drawn up after the suppression in 1773, the library held 3,000 titles in at least 5,179, and perhaps as many as 6,000, volumes.8 This library is unique because of the number of

5 Among the Society's rules, see, for example, Dionysius Fernández Zapico, ed., Regulae Societatis Iesu (1540-1556) (Rome: Monumenta Historica Societatis Iesu, 1948), 353: "No sólo en el collegio, mas aun en las casas, aya libreria o a lo menos libros comunes." Recommendations on specific books for teaching are found throughout the Ratio studiorum; see Ratio atque institutio studiorum Societatis Jesu (Naples: Tarquinio Longo, 1599), and the English translation by Allan P. Farrell, The Jesuit Ratio studiorum of 1599 (Washington, DC: Conference of Major Superiors of Jesuits, 1970).

6 A list of books with inscriptions of the Zagreb college which are kept in the National and University Library in Zagreb has never been made; consequently, the exact number of these volumes is still unknown.

7 This Historia consists of two volumes (1606-1726 and 1727-1772), and is kept in the National Library of Budapest-Országos Széchényi Konyvtar. See Collegio Historia Societatis Jesu, 1615 [no foliation or pagination].

8 Tomo Matic, "Knjiznice zagrebackoga, varazdinskoga, pozeskoga kolegija i osjecke misije" [The Libraries of the Colleges of Zagreb, Varazdin, Pozega and Osijek Missions] Vrela i prinosi: zbornikzapovijest isusovackog reda u hrvatskim krajevima 11 (1940): 47-67. The larger number is from Eva Verona, "Prinosi povijesti Sveucilisne knjiznice u Zagrebu u prvome razdoblju njena zivota (1607-1773)" [Contributions to the History of the University Library in Zagreb in the First Phase of its Operations (1607-1773)], Zborniknaucnih i knjizevno-umjetnickihpriloga bivsih ctaka i profesora Zagrebacke klasicne gimnazije: o 350-godisnjem jubileju 1607-1957 [Proceedings of Scientific, Literary and Artistic Contributions of Former Students and Teachers of the Zagreb Classical Gymnasium: on the 350-Year Jubilee, 1607-1957] (Zagreb: Odbor za proslavu 350-godisnjice Klasicne gimnazije u Zagrebu, 1957): 357-79.

books concerning relations between western and eastern churches, as the Eastern Orthodox Church had taken root in some of the regions largely inhabited by Roman Catholic Croats. Among the books on this subject were Hungarian Jesuit Marton Szentivany's Dissertatio de schismati Graeco, Croatian Jesuit Franjo Ksaver Pejacevic's Controversiae, and his compatriot Ivan Krstitelj Simunic's Brevis notitia schismatis Graeci, along with titles by Antun Bacic (Croatian), Krsto Pejkic (Bulgarian), and others.9 The library also contained patristic works, as well as books by more recent saints, and major poets and authors of antiquity—such as would commonly be found in major libraries of the time, and as would be recommended in the Jesuit Constitutions.

Latin classics were widespread in these collections: for example, a Latin edition of Aesop combined with Joachim Camerarius's Oratione Soluta, found in the Zagreb college catalog in 1679.10 Another edition of Aesop was one of the many books printed locally and owned by the grammar school there: Fabulae Aesopicae lectiores.n This little volume (only thirty-two pages) was one in a series of school handbooks for studying Latin. The most complete language manual was Flos latinitatis by the French Jesuit François Pomey (1619-1673) and edited for Croatian students by Ivan Galjuf, S.J. (1710-1770). Pomey's work helped students to learn how to write and speak Latin with clarity and elegance, helping them, according to Vanino, "to attain clean phraseology in translating from Latin into Croatian."i2 Thanks to the Jesuit college libraries in

9 Marton Szentivanyi, S.J. (1633-1705), Dissertatio de schism Graeco (Tirnau: n.p., 1703); Franjo Ksaver Pejacevic, S.J. (1713-1781), Controversiae Ecclesiae Orientalis et Occidentalis de primatu et additione ad Symbolum, dialogo inter Graecum et Latinum propositae (Graz: Widmanstadt, 1754); Ivan Krstitelj Simunic (1723-1805), Brevis notitia schismatis Graeci (Zagreb: Josephi Joannis Schotter, 1763); Antun Bacic (1690-1758), Istina katolicsanska illiti Skazagnie upravgliegnia spasonosnoga xitka karstianskoga (Buda: Kod Jvana Giurgia Nottenstein, 1732); and Krsto Pejkic (1665-1731), Speculum veritatis inter orientalem, et occidentalem ecclesias refulgens, in quo separationis Ecclesiae Graecae a Latina brevis habetur recensio (Tirna: F. Gall, 1730).

10 Fabulae Aesopicae aJoachim Camerarius' Oratione Soluta et Gabriele Faerno versibus expli-catae et iconibus illustrate (Leipzig: Grosse-Henning, 1600). See Zeljko Vegh, "Zivi spome-nik visokoj kulturi Hrvata kajkavaca" [A Living Monument of Croatian Culture: the Kajkavian Dialect], Kolo: casopisMatice hrvatskeza knjizevnost, umjetnost ikulturu [Kolo: Croatian Magazine for Literature, Art and Culture] 22, no. 1-2 (2012): 191-94.

11 Fabulae Aesopicae lectiores. Plano, ac simplici dicendi genere, illigatis item plerisque primi-tivis latinis, ad eorum puerorum captum accommodatae, qui elementarem Grammaticae primo semestrifrequentant (Zagreb: Joannes Baptista Weitz, 1750).

12 Miroslav Vanino, Isusovci i hrvatski narod I: rad u xvi stoljecu: Zagrebacki kolegij [The Jesuits and the Croatian People vol. 1: Activities in the Sixteenth Century: Zagreb College]

the region, Croats developed a rich translational activity. The 1773 inventory of books at the Zagreb college listed 304 copies of Lexicon Latinum interpretation Illyrica, Germanica et Hungarica locuples, the dictionary of Croatian Jesuit Andrija Jambresic (1706-1758).i3 That library also had multiple of copies of other multilingual dictionaries, including that by Calepinus, and a number of dramatic works in languages other than Croatian, including Pastor fido by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538-1612), Giustina, reina di Padova by Cortese Cortesi (d. 1617), and tragedies by Paolo Antonio Valmarana (fl. 1598-1611)^ Rounding out its collection, the college owned dramatic works, indicative of the great importance the Society attached to student theaters. Most of these plays were written in Latin by members of the Society, including Opera comica by Jakob Bidermann, S.J. (1578-1639), Tragoediae sacrae by Nicolas Caussin, S.J. (1583-1651), Tragoediae by Joseph Simons, S.J. (1593-1671), Poesis dramatica by Nicolaus Avancinus, S.J. (1611-1686), and Tragoediae by Christophe Dell, S.J. (1634-1682).15

In Pozega, a city in the northern Croatian region of Slavonia, Jesuits opened their first gymnasium in 1709, initiating construction of a college in the following year. They began teaching philosophy in the academic year 1760/61 and moral theology in 1761/62. To support these expansions, the library (located on

(Zagreb: Filozofsko-teoloski institut Druzbe Isusove u Zagrebu, 1969), 112. Galjuf (Gallyuff), Flos latinitatis: ex auctorum Latinae linguae principum monumentis excerptus, et tripartita verborum, nominum, etparticularum ordine, et indice in hunc digestus libellum, auctore R. P. Francisco Pomey, Soc. Jesu., editio in Croatia prima (Zagreb: Weitz, 1747).

13 Andrija Jambresic, Lexicon Latinum interpretatione Illyrica, Germanica et Hungarica locuples: in usumpotissimum studiosae (Zagreb: Academicis Societatis Jesu, 1742).

14 Ambrogio Calepino, Dictionarium linguarum septem: am demum accurata emendatione, atque infinitorum locorum augmentatione: collectis ex bonorum authorum monumentis [...]: respondent autem Latinis vocabulis, Graeca, Italica, Gallica, Hispanica, Germanica, Belgica [...]: onomasticum vero, hoc est, propriorum nominum, regionum, gentium, urbium, montium, fluminum, hominum etsimilum catalogum [...] adiunximus (Basel: Sebastianus Henricus Petrus, 1550); Giovanni Battista Guarini, Il pastor fido. Tragicommedia pastorale (Venice: Bonfadino, 1590); Cortese Cortesi, Giustina, reina di Padova (Vicenza: Pietro Greco & Giacomo Gescato, 1607); Paolo Antonio Valmarana, Barbara, tragedia di Paolo Antonio Valmarana (Vicenza: F. Grossi, 1611).

15 Jakob Bidermann, Ludi theatrales sacri, sive, Opera comica posthuma (Munich: Schell, 1666); Nicolas Caussin, Tragoediœ Sacrœ (Paris: Sebastianus Chappelet, 1619); Joseph Simons, Tragoaediae Quinque (Lüttich: Hovius, 1656); Nicolaus Avancinus, Poesis dramatica (Cologne: J.W. Friessem junior, 1675). There is no evidence of the printing of works by Jesuit Christophe Dell (1634-1682) in catalogs of national and university libraries in Europe, United States, and Canada. However, he is mentioned as an author of school plays in Nigel Griffin, Jesuit School Drama: Supplement No. 1 (London: D.S. Brewer, 1986).

the first floor of the college building) was redecorated and multiple books were purchased. According to Tomo Matic, in the late eighteenth century approximately 1,200 books filled the shelves.i6 These volumes had been systematically acquired, as is evident from the historia and diarium of the college, which include dates of purchase for many of the texts. For example, the first two volumes of the monumental Illyricum sacrum were purchased in 1755, quite soon after their publication (vol. 1 in 1751, vol. 2 in 1753). In 1770, the library acquired the all the other volumes of that series then in print.17 Works by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), Lorenzo Giustiniani (1381-1456), Pope Leo the Great (c. 400-461), and Cornelius Lapidus, S.J. (1567-1637) printed in Venice were purchased in 1725, and Istoria del Concilio di Trento by Sforza Pallavicino, S.J. (1607-1667) was acquired after 1735.18 In addition to these Latin texts, the library of the Pozega college had a rich collection of books printed in the old Croatian Glagolitic script, a mostly obsolete form of writing. These works were present because several priests from the Diocese of Senj, the only region still using the script for liturgical purposes, taught in the school of moral theology. As in Zagreb, many dramatic works were found in Pozega's library: Lysimachus, a tragedy by Charles de La Rue (1643-1725); Dramata IVby Anton Maurisperg, S.J. (1678-1748); Tragoediae sex by Giuseppe Carpani, S.J. (1683-1762); and Jaddus by Contuccio Contucci, S.J. (1688-1768). Three books of comedies by Molière, found in Pozega, can also be attributed to the Jesuit interest in theater.19

Other Croatian regions housed Jesuit institutions as well. In the northwestern city of Varazdin, the Jesuits founded a grammar school in 1636 and a college in 1678; between the two, the Society provided instruction in grammar and humanities. The library of college there was relatively small, a total of approximately one thousand titles. It is notable for other reasons, though: as northwestern Croatia was the region closest to Protestant territories, this collection was comparatively rich in books considered heretical, including by Luther and

16 Matic, "Knjiznice zagrebackoga," 53.

17 See here footnote 2 for publication information.

18 Pietro Sforza Pallavicino, Istoria del Concilio di Trento scritta dal P. Sforza Pallavicini della Compagnia di Jesu, ora Cardinale della Santa Romana Chiesa (Rome: Biagio Diversin and Felice Cesaretti, 1664). The specifics of the remaining books are unknown.

19 Charles de La Rue, Lysimachus tragedie, qui sera representée sur le theatre du College de Clermont de la Compagnie de Jésus (Paris: S. Benard, 1677); Anton Maurisperg, Dramata iv (Styria: Joseph Grünenwald, 1730); Giuseppe Carpani, Tragoediae sex (Rome: Palladis, 1745); Contuccio Contucci,Jaddus, tragaedia Contucii Contucci (Rome: A. de Rubeis, 1730). The titles by Molière are not identified.

Melanchthon.20 In southwestern Croatia, the Jesuits opened a gymnasium in Rijeka in 1627; this is considered the origins of the university library in that city. In 1725/26, they began teaching philosophy; in 1727/28, they introduced moral theology. Currently, this collection holds 136 sixteenth-century volumes known to have been owned by the Jesuit college, as they feature the inscription "Collegij Flum. Soc. Jesu" or "Societatis Jesu Collegij Fluminensis." Among its treasures are Erasmus's edition of Lucian of Samosata; Cicero's Officiorum libri tres; Terence's comedies; Pompeius Trogus' Iustinus; and an extremely rare book, Libarze od dievstva i dievickoga bitya, by the Benedictine Bazilije Gradic (r. 1584-1585), Bishop of Ston.21 In addition, this library includes books from the college's mission in Osijek, in northeast Croatia (established in 1688). A gymnasium, with four grades, was opened there in 1728, but closed in 1737 due to lack of funds; the lower gymnasium was reopened in late 1765. The inventory from 1773 shows 230 titles. Most of books on the list, as with other Jesuit libraries, are theological texts, lectionaries and catechisms, patristic works, and volumes of Thomas Aquinas; there were also several dictionaries and a few works of ancient writers.

20 Martin Luther, Parvus catechismuspro pueris in schola (Wittenberg: Rhau, 1529); Luther, Catechismus maior (Frankfurt: Egenulph, 1545); texts identified as Biblia Lutheranica in 8 vol. (unclear; the original was published in six parts in Maintz in 1534); Novum germani-cum testamentum haereticum, which must be Martin Luther, Das Newe TestamentDeutzh (Wittenberg: Melchior Lotther, 1522); Confessio protestantium in 12 vol., probably Luther, Confessiones fidei (Wittenberg: Frischmut, 1539); Morales theologia haeretica in 8 vol., unidentified; and Philip Melancthon, Loci communes rerum theologicarum, seu Hypotyposes theologicae (Basel: Adam Petri, 1521).

21 Desiderius Erasmus, Luciani opuscula, Erasmo Roterodamo interprete. Toxaris, sive de amicitia (Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1516); Marcus Tullius Cicero, M. T. Ciceronis officiorum libri tres summa cura nuperemendati, CommentantibusPetroMarso, FranciscoMaturantio, & Ascensio (Venice: Venturinus Roffinellus, 1542); Publius Terentius Afer, P. Terentii Afri comoediae sex (Venice: Manutius, 1545); Marcus Junianus Justinus, Justinus Ex Trogi PompeiiHistoriis externisLibrixxxiii (Lyon: Sebastianus Gryphius, 1546); Basilije Gradic, Libarze od dievstva, i dievickoga bitya, v komse tomace sua kolika poglauita miesta staroga, i nouoga sakona, koia od dieustua gouore, i ono seto sueti naucitegli, u mnosieh librieh pisciu [Treatise on Virginity and the Virginal State: With Special Regard to those Virgins Who Wish to be Grateful to the Heavenly Bridegroom: and All Those Who Desire to Lead a Chaste Life, and Live Happy and Content in the Service of God] (Venice: Domenico & Gio. Battista Guerra Fratelli, 1567). Gradic, also called Basilio Gradi, is variously identified as Italian or Dalmatian; the text was published in a Italian as well: Trattato della verginita et dello stato verginale. Molto a proposito alle vergini che desiderano farsi grate al celeste sposo: et a tutti quelli che vogliono menar vita casta, et vivere lieti et contenti nel servitio di Dio (Rome: Bonfadino et Diani, 1984).

The Library of the College of Dubrovnik (Collegium Rhagusinum)

Dubrovnik was also known as the Republic of Ragusa. This maritime state, which lasted until the beginning of the nineteenth century, reached its golden age in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Since the education of youth was considered one of key factors for the prosperity of the small but independent republic, authorities invited Jesuits to found a college in the region; the Jesuits agreed to establish a school there for Christians living under Ottoman authority, according to letters from Ignatius of Loyola in 1554 and 1555.22 The region had a large coast on the Adriatic Sea and was of interest to the Society of Jesus as a free, prosperous and Catholic state, under the patronage of Rome, Spain, and the Ottoman Empire. From its shores, Jesuits could conduct missions to other Christians in the surrounding, Turkish-dominated areas. To this end, Nicolás Bobadilla, S.J. (1511-1590), one of the companions of Ignatius, arrived as the first Jesuit in Dubrovnik in 1558; he stayed on for two years. Though they were difficult and dangerous, the Society's missions in the region continued until 1591, sometimes with tragic end. The first Croatian Jesuit, Bartolomej Sfondrati (1534-1582) from Dubrovnik, perished along with the Franciscan Bishop of Ston, Boniface de Stephanis (1504-1582), on their way through Bosnia to Timisoara in Romania. Many other Jesuits hailing from Italy, Dubrovnik, and Croatia worked in this mission, including Aleksander Komulovic, S.J. (1548-1608), a member of the Illyrian Academy in Rome and the author of the first anti-Reformation books in Croatian; Bartol Kasic, S.J. (1575-1650), author of the first Croatian grammar and one of the founders of the Croatian literary language, and Jakov Mikalja, S.J. (1600-1654), the founder of Croatian lexicography, who taught at the Jesuit humanist school opened in Dubrovnik in 1619.23 Although the mission was canceled due to lack of funds,

22 See, e.g., Ignatius to Everard Mercurian, April 7, 1554, in Sancti Ignatii de Loyola Societatis Jesu fundatoris epistolae et instructiones, vol. 6, eds. Vincentius Agusti and Marianus Lecina (Madrid: Lopez del Horno, 1907), 584-85, here 585. Mijo Korade et al., Isusovci i hrvatska kultura [Jesuits and Croatian Culture] (Zagreb: Bec, Hrvatski povijesni institut, 1993), 26. Schiavonia was an historical term for Dalmatia.

23 Aleksandar Komulovic, Nauch Charstianschiza SlovignschiNarod, vvlaasti iazich/Dottrina Christiana per la natione illirica nella propria lingua (Rome: F. Zanetti, 1582); Bartol Kasic, Institutiones linguae Illyricae (Rome: Aloysius Zannettus, 1604); Jakov Mikalja, Blago jezika slovinskoga illi slovnik u komu izgorarajuse rjeci slovinske latinski, i diacki. Thesaurus linguae illyricae sive dictionarium illyricum. In quo verba illyrica italice, et latine redduntur (Loreto: Seraphini, 1649); Mikalja, Grammatika talianiska un kratho illi kratak nauk za nau-citti, latinski jezik (Loreto: Seraphini, 1649). Miroslav Vanino, Isusovci i hrvatski narod II [Jesuits and Croats, Ii] (Zagreb: Filozofsko-teoloski institut Druzbe Isusove, 1987), 5.

Jesuits continued to operate, even establishing a residence in 1604 and remaining there until 1612.

The Society carried out educational work in Dubrovnik for decades before the republic and the Jesuit curia in Rome could reach an agreement on the conditions for establishing a college. Marin Gundulic, S.J. (1596-1647), who was sent to Florence in 1631 to teach Grand Duke Ferdinand 11 (1610-1670; r. 1621-1670) the Croatian language, was the first major donor. At the end of his stay in Tuscany, he signed a will and testament ( July 29, 1634) in which he left eighteen thousand gold scudi to the Jesuit college in Ancona to establish a presence in Dubrovnik: twelve thousand for the foundation of the college and six thousand for the residence.24 His example was followed by other priests and aristocrats in Dubrovnik, who left both money and property to the Society. The curia estimated that the legacies were insufficient, so the distinguished diplomat and philosopher Stjepan Gradic (1613-1683), the agent of the Republic of Dubrovnik in Rome in that time, appealed to superior general Goswin Nickel, S.J. (1582-1664, r. 1652-1661) in 1657, defending the rights of his hometown to a Jesuit college, and referring to the legacy of Gundulic. Despite this, the college was not established until 1658, when Orsat Ranjina, S.J. (1617-1674) arrived in Dubrovnik as rector.25 However, construction did not begin until 1662. Gundulic's bequest also included a rich private library in Ancona, which was the foundation of the college's book collection.26

A catastrophic earthquake in 1667 killed an entire class of students and wounded one teacher, Hector Celio of Trogir, who died from his injuries a year later. It also destroyed the building.27 The reconstruction of the college began as early as 1670, under the leadership of Ardelio della Bella (1655-1737), a renowned preacher, missionary and lexicographer.28 The new church of

24 The sum was paid in skude (sing. skuda), the money of Dubrovnik Republic. Josip Posedel, Program C.K. Velike drzavne gimnazije u Dubrovniku za skolsku godinu 1900/1901 [Program of the Royal Higher State Gymnasium in Dubrovnik for the School Year 1900/1901] (Dubrovnik: Nakladom C.K. Velike drzavne gimnazije, 1901), 21-23.

25 Ibid., 26-27. Ranjina's dates as rector are 1658-1663; he is also identified as Orsatto Ragnina.

26 Frano Kestercanek, "Portret o. Marina Gundulica" [The portrait of Fr. Marin Gundulic] Vrela i prinosi: zbornik za povijest isusovackog reda u hrvatskim krajevima 11 (1940): 1-11, here 1.

27 Ibid., 28. Celio's birthdate is not known.

28 According to Jean Valery-Radot's Le Recueil de plans d'édifices da la Compagnie de Jésus conservé à la Bibliothèque nationale de Paris (Rome: Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 1960), fifteen sketches of the Dubrovnik college and church of St. Ignatius, dating from 1670, are held in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris. Della Bella was the author of Dizionario italiano-latino-illirico: ed anche una breve Grammatica per apprendere

St. Ignatius was built next to the college, thanks to the legacy of the noblewoman Pera Gundulic (1628-1706); it was completed in 1725. This Baroque complex was a masterpiece, completed by both local and foreign architects and artists, including Gaetano Garcia (fl. 1735-1738), Grga Kraljic (1633-1706) of Brodarevca (Brodanovci), Pietro Passalacqua (1690-1748) of Rome, and Andrea Pozzo (1624-1709) of Trento.29 Many Dubrovnik Jesuits worked in the Collegium Rhagusinum in the eighteenth century, including preacher and missionary Bernard Zuzoric (1683-1762), a rector of the college; poet Vlaho Bolic (17171756); rhetorician and dramatist Ivan Lukarevic (1622-1709); and historian Ivan Marija Matijasevic (1714-1791). Its students became prominent representatives of Croatian Latinism and poetry, such as Rajmund Kunic (1719-1794), and famous physicists, philosophers and humanists, including Ruder Boskovic (Roger Boscovich, 1711-1787). Despite this, the early history of the Jesuit library and college of Dubrovnik is relatively unknown.30 The exception is Alcune memorie di questo collegio di Ragusa, a chronicle composed by Simone Capitozzi, S.J. (1670-1753) and Juraj Basic, S.J. (1695-1765)^1 This volume provides a detailed description of instruction in the Dubrovnik college; only the lower level of studies, encompassing five grades, was taught regularly. Attempts to introduce philosophy and mathematics as compulsory failed, because "the youth in Dubrovnik do not have ambitions for higher level of science," according to Capitozzi.32

conproprieta la lingua illirica (Venice: Cristoforo Zanne, 1728) and contributed to Illyricum sacrum (see here footnote 2).

29 Garcia, an artist, is variously identified as Spanish or Sicilian.

30 Marica Sapro-Ficovic, "Knjiznica isusovaca u Dubrovniku: od Collegium Ragusinuma do danasnje Rezidencije Druzbe Isusove" [A Jesuit Library in Dubrovnik: from the Collegium Ragusinum to the Present Jesuit Residence], in Kukuljevicevi dani u Varazdinskim toplicama 2001-2003:zbornikradovaznanstveno-strucnihskupovaMaticehrvatske2001-2003 [Kukuljevic's Days in Varazdinske Toplice 2001-2003: Proceedings of Professional and Scientific Meetings of Matica hrvatska 2001-2003], eds. Dubravka Biskup and Bozena Filipan (Varazdinske Toplice: Ogranak Matice hrvatske, 2004), 272. Matica hrvatska, founded 1842, is a Croatian learned society and publisher. Kukuljevic's Days celebrate the linguistic heritage of Croatia.

31 Simon Capitozzi was the first rector of the college of St. Ignatius in Dubrovnik and served for a total of twenty-one years between 1712 and 1753. He began to write the chronicle "Alcune memorie" on the basis of house diaries (which are lost) for the years 1559-1751. It was continued by another Dubrovnik Jesuit, Juraj (Duro) Basic, for the years 1751-1764. Miroslav Vanino published the work under the title "Ljetopis Dubrovackoga kolegija: 1559-1764," [Chronicle of Dubrovnik College: 1559-1764] Vrela i prinosi: zbornik za povijest isusovackog reda u hrvatskim krajevima 7 (1937). Vanino, Ljetopis Dubrovackoga kolegija, v-xii.

32 According to Vanino "surprisingly for the city, from which dozens of brilliant students of philosophy originated as well as famous philosophers, scientists and teachers who gave

The Jesuits at Dubrovnik had sufficient funds for the regular purchase of books to supplement Gundulic's private collection. Income from various sources, including Gundulic's monetary bequest, allowed both for library expansion and for the support of the Jesuits in residence. The college could support fifteen to sixteen young men, but on average there were only eleven in a given year; as a result, a surplus remained that could be used for the church and the library.33 The priority was books for students, followed by those supporting the residents of the college in teaching and expanding their knowledge, particularly in the humanities, philosophy and theology. Texts were also purchased for pastoral and missionary work. A third major source of acquisitions was the donation of books by other benefactors; Capitozzi cited several individuals who bequeathed their entire collections. For example, Duro Matijasevic (fl. 1715-1716) left his valuable manuscripts and printed volumes; Giovanni Bindi Pratese, who taught at the college for one year, and Giuseppe Stefani, who taught for five years, gave art and books on their departure for Italy in March 1725; Giuseppe Paganucci donated works to Superior Raffaele Prodanelli in 1725; Frano Volantic (1660-1741, bishop of Ston 1710-1741), gave two volumes of the valuable work Imperium orientale (by his nephew Anselmo Bandur, O.S.B.) in 1740; and Thomas F. Serafino, longtime church assistant and tailor, bequeathed many texts to the college in 1740 "in segno di amorevolezza" [as a sign of affection].34 In 1661, the Dubrovnik senate granted the college the complete collection of the patrician Nikola Vitov Gucetic (1549-1610), who had willed it to the Republic in hopes that it would open a public library.35 Many of those books were signed by their former owners or those associated with the college, including Gundulic; Nikola Gucetic (1549-1610), Dubrovnik philosopher and statesmen; Arkandeo Gucetic O.P. (Archangelus

courses at the respective universities abroad." Miroslav Vanino, Isusovci i hrvatski narod ii: kolegiji Dubrovacki, Rijecki, Varazdinski i Pozeski [Jesuits and Croats ii: Colleges in Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Varazdin and Pozega] (Zagreb: Filozofsko-teoloski institut Druzbe Isusove, 1987), 73. Translation by the authors.

33 Miroslav Vanino,"O prihodima Dubrovackoga kolegija," [On the Income of the Dubrovnik College] Vrela i prinosi: zbornik za povijest isusovackog reda u hrvatskim krajevima 11 (1940): 92-97, here 97.

34 Volantic is also known as Francesco Volanti. Vanino, Ljetopis dubrovackoga kolegija, 54, 75. Biographical information for Pratese, Stefani, Paganucci, and Serafino is unknown. Bandur, a distinguished historian and researcher, lived from 1675 to 1743. Prodanelli, whose biographical dates are unknown, should not be confused with the scientist of the same name who lived from 1619 to 1693.

35 Aleksandar Stipcevic, "Ideja o javnoj knjiznici u renesansnom Dubrovniku" [The Idea of the Public Library in Renaissance Dubrovnik] Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske 40, no. 1-2 (1997): 55-62, here 59. Gucetic is also known by the names de Nicolo Vito de Gozze and Gucetic Vitkovic.

Gozeus, 1533-1610), sixteenth-century theologian and bibliophile; and Stjepan Gradic (1613-1683), diplomat, writer and curator of the Vatican Library. Others contain shelfmarks of the Benedictine monastery of St. James in Visnjica, or that of Saint Mary on the island of Mljet (both in the Dalmatia region).

After the suppression of the Jesuits and consequent closure of the college, some of the volumes were taken away and sold at auctions in Italy. Others remained divided among three collections in Dubrovnik. First, the manuscripts were saved from destruction thanks to Ivan Marija Matijasevic (17141791), a former Jesuit, who transferred them to the library of Dubrovnik's Franciscan monastery, where they can be found today36 Second, some of the books remained in the gymnasium, which was restored to the Society in 1854, and then transferred to state control in 1868. That collection, which in the meantime had grown thanks to new donations, was divided into the old and new teachers' libraries. The former, containing about 5,300 books from the defunct Jesuit college, became the core of the Dubrovnik library, founded in 1936 and opened in 1941. This then split in 1950 into the public library and the scientific library, the latter containing the Jesuit collection.37 Thirty-five incunabula (out of total of seventy-seven owned by the scientific library) have handwritten tags that indicate affiliation to the former Jesuit college; five of them belonged to Marin Gundulic. These are largely Roman classics and popular authors of the sixteenth century, including Caesar's De Bello Gallico, the oldest completely preserved incunable in Croatia.38 There are works of Cicero, Horace, Plautus, and Petrarch, as well as a real rarity, the De natura celestium spiritum quod angelus vocamus of Juraj Dragisic, O.F.M. (Georgius Benignus, 1445-1520), the Srebrenican Renaissance poet and philosopher39 In addition, the scientific library holds thirty-five manuscripts from the Jesuit collection. Among these are the fourteenth-century Dragomirov Osmoglasnik, autographs by poet and historian Ignjat Durdevic (1675-1737), a Latin epic about the death of Christ by poet Damjan Benesa (1476-1536), and an autograph of Kristiade by the poet and dramatist Dzono Palmotic (1606-1657).

36 Josip Lucic, "Ivan Marija Matijasevic i njegov rukopisni fond u biblioteci Male brace u Dubrovniku" [Ivan Marija Matijasevic and his Manuscript Collections in the Library of the Franciscans in Dubrovnik], in Isusovci u Hrvata, 109-22, here 112.

37 Frano Kestercanek, "Naucna biblioteka u Dubrovniku" [The Scientific Library in Dubrovnik] Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske 3 (1952), 32-41.

38 Julius Caesar, Commentarii de bello gallico, ed. Giovanni Andrea Bussi (Rome: Sweinheim and Pannartz, 1469).

39 Juraj Dragisic (Georgius Benignus), In librum de natura celestium spirituum quos angelos vocamusphoemium incipit (Florence: n.p., 1489).

The third library holding books from the Collegium Rhagusinum is housed in the Society's current residence in Dubrovnik. The collection is located in the north wing of the church of St. Ignatius, in the Jesuit complex on Boskovic Square in the Old Town.40 Presumably, this location was the site of the original college library. As the institution grew during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, expansion became necessary. The ceiling was removed and the room was connected to the attic, providing for extensive shelving (filled with an estimated forty thousand books). Blaz Cavec, S.J. (1933-1987), who made shelves and furniture for the library, created several print catalogs before his untimely death.41 The shelfmarks are a combination of Arab-Roman and Arabic numerals corresponding to the horizontal and vertical series of books on the shelves. Despite a few mistakes (in some places, different works by a single author received an identical shelf mark), Cavec's inventories are useful aids. Some of the library's catalog cards, too, contain helpful information, occasionally including the designation CR (Collegium Ragusinum).42 Marica Sapro-Ficovic's study of this institution's travails includes an analysis of book lists. 43 Volumes were classified into thirty-six subject areas:

1. Sacra scriptura

2. Patristica et dogmatica

3. Theologia moralis

4. Ius canonicum

5. Concionatores

6. Orationes panegiricae

7. Ascetica

8. Ascetica - meditationes

9. Maria ss

10. S.Joseph

11. Jesus

12. Eucharistia

13. Ss. Cor. Iesu

14. Menologium et Hagiologia S.J.

15. Hagiologia

40 The Jesuit Residence has also a small reference library for the priests. There are also books and periodicals in another room.

41 Sapro-Ficovic, "Knjiznica isusovaca u Dubrovniku," 277.

42 Ibid.

43 Ibid., 275, 230.

16. Historia ecclesiastica

17. Historia S.J.

18. Societas Jesu

19. Historia profana

20. Geographia

21. Varia

22. Encyclopedia

23. Historia naturalis

24. Litteratura latina

25. Litteratura graeca

26. Litteratura italica

27. Litteratura germanica, anglica

28. Litteratura gallica

29. Litteratura croatica

30. Physic., mathematic., astronomia

31. Apologia, cathecetica

32. Philosophia

33. Liturgia

34. Exercitia spiritualia

35. Lexica

36. Grammatica44

This list offers insight into the subjects of study in the old Jesuit college, and perhaps at the later gymnasium as well. The incunabula, a special feature of this inventory, consist mainly of theological and philosophical works, including books by Augustine, Cyprian, Pope Leo iii, Giles of Rome, Jerome, and others, printed in Venice and Florence.45 According to Sime Juric, who took an census in 1990 of Jesuit incunabula in Croatia, the library of the Dubrovnik residence today holds ten early printed books, among them two editions of Chronica Hungarorum by Janos Turoczy (Johannes de Thwrocz, 1435-1488/89) and the very valuable Evangelium of the Franciscan Bernardin Splicanin (d. 1499), the oldest surviving printed text in the Croatian language.46 However, these incunabula were removed from the Dubrovnik residence at

44 Ibid., 277-78.

45 Ibid., 278.

46 Sime Juric, "Inkunabule u isusovackim knjiznicama u Hrvatskoj" [Incunabula in Jesuit Libraries in Croatia], in Vrela i prinosi: zbornik za povijest isusovackog reda u hrvatskim krajevima 18 (1990), 88-131. Johannes de Thwrocz, Chronica Hungariae (Augsburg: Erhard Ratdolt, 1488); Bernardin Splicanin (also called Bernardin Drivodilic or Bernard of Split),

the beginning of the 1990s due to the threat of war; they were transferred to the Juraj Habdelic Library at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus (ffdi) in Zagreb.47

The collection also contains a variety of titles in classical and religious literature, printed from the sixteenth century onwards, such as works of Cicero, Quintilian, Ovid, and Lactantius; older Christian writers, including Eusebius, Tertullian, Cyprian, and Chrysostom; and some books by Jesuits, including Francisco de Boja (1510-1572) and Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621). There are several different editions of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius and of the Imitatio Christi by Thomas a Kempis. This section also includes a significant number of texts on dogma, for example the works of Serafino Capponi, Bartolomé de Medina, and others; biographies of saints (mostly of Ignatius); and patristic works, published in the leading printing centers of that time (Venice, Paris, and Antwerp).48 A number of volumes were entitled Contra her-esias opera, without further identifying information, reflective of the centrality of combatting "heresies" to the Jesuit mission. In addition to the reference literature—a large number of dictionaries and lexicons—a substantial part of the collection consists of works on local history. The library of the residence also abounds with works from the first printing houses in Dubrovnik (opened in the late eighteenth century).

Jesuit Libraries in Croatia Today

Jesuit libraries in the past were vast in number, mission, and scope. They supported the most important cultural and educational institutions of that time, including the order's colleges run. Unfortunately, the suppression of the Society was to many of these schools a coup fatal, from which they have never fully recovered. However, their collections are still kept in Jesuit residences and other, larger libraries as valuable treasures and witnesses to the past. Currently,

Pistule i Evangelya po sfe godischie harvatschim yazichom stumacena (Venice, n.p., 1495) [in Latin Evangelia et epistolae]; sometimes this is referred to as a lectionary.

47 Durdica Cubranic, "Od knjiznice Zagrebackoga kolegija do danasnje knjiznice 'Juraj Habdelic'" [From the Zagreb College Library to the Present 'Juraj Habdelic' Library], in Kukuljevicevi dani u Varazdinskim Toplicama 2001-2003 [Kukuljevic's Days in Varazdinske Toplice 2001-2003], eds. Dubravka Biskup and Bozena Filipan (Varazdinske Toplice: Matica hrvatska, 2004), 286.

48 Bartolomé de Medina (1527/28-1580) and Serafino Capponi (Serafino Porrecta, O.P., 15361614) wrote widely read commentaries on Thomas Aquinas.

Jesuit libraries in Croatia are vital educational and research institutions. As an example, the gymnasium in Osijek has a library 130 meters square in size, serving about 250 students and staff, with a full-time librarian and holdings of about seven thousand books, periodicals, and multimedia items. The largest contemporary Jesuit library in Croatia is the Juraj Habdelic Library at the ffdi, founded in 198949 This institution owns about 150,000 books and 2,400 journal titles, along with a significant collection of rarities (from the fifteenth through mid-nineteenth centuries), numbering more than 2,500 books and twenty-five incunabula. Library users are mainly students and professors of the ffdi and the Philosophical and Theological Institute of the Society of Jesus (fti), but since the 1999 transfer to its new building, it is fully open to the public. The entire collection is catalogued and can be searched online.5° In addition, libraries are found in the houses of the Croatian province of the Society, in the cities of Zagreb (four sites), Split, Osijek, Rijeka, Opatija and Dubrovnik (Croatia); Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Prizren (Kosovo); Bogisici (Crna Gora/ Montenegro) and Beograd (Serbia). While Jesuit residences and parishes are easily searchable on the web, these libraries have no online presence. Therefore, a short survey aiming to collect at least some data on the Croatian residences' libraries was conducted in 2013.51 The results, though incomplete, show that all of these residences are well-stocked collections of varying sizes. Unfortunately they are beset with problems, including a dearth of professional librarians; failure to safeguard and maintain books, some of which are in bad condition; insufficient classification or cataloguing of materials; and deficiencies in digitization and other forms of storage and access. The problem of the shortage of librarians has been recognized as most crucial, but it is hardly a surprise, given the slow decline in the number of Jesuits more generally. As of January 1, 2014, the Croatian province of the Society of Jesus numbers 143 Jesuits, including 106 priests, seventeen brothers, fifteen scholastics and five novices.52 However, respondents showed a strong interest in modernization of the libraries. They

49 Filozofski fakultet Druzbe Isusove. Hrvatski studiji - Sveuciliste u Zagrebu [Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus. Department of Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb]. url: (accessed March 26, 2014).


51 The survey was conducted for the purpose of this study by M. Sapro-Ficovic from November to December 2013. A questionnaire was e mailed to ten Jesuit residences, with feedback from four respondents: Kresimir Dakovic, S.J. (Sarajevo), Petar Galauner, S.J. (Zagreb, Palmoticeva), Zvonko Vlah, S.J. (Opatija) and Roko Prkacin, S.J. (Dubrovnik).

52 Hrvatska pokrajina Druzbe Isusove [Croatian Province of the Society of Jesus], Isusovci u brojkama [Jesuit Statistics],, 2014 (accessed March 24, 2014).

believe that maintenance and accessibility of their collections can be improved with the implementation of computerized library programs.


Croatian Jesuits have achieved prominence in cultural and scientific development at home and abroad through number of activities, including scholarly pursuits. Jesuit libraries in Croatia have played an important historical role in the pursuit of knowledge in the region, primarily in the colleges in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, but also in Pozega, Rijeka,Varazdin, Osijek, and Dubrovnik. The library of the college in this last city (the Collegium Ragusinum) played an especially important educational role in the history of the Republic of Dubrovnik, making major contributions to the development of Croatian intellectual life. Croatian Jesuits and their libraries had a turbulent history; as elsewhere, when the Society was suppressed, the colleges were closed and their collections were looted and dispersed. However, a number of books survived, and today they form a most valuable part of the largest Croatian libraries. The remains of the early Jesuit libraries, in the Society's institutions or elsewhere, are witnesses to the strong, continuous presence and influence of Croatian Jesuits on the spiritual, educational, and cultural life of the nation. The pursuit of knowledge in which the Society of Jesus engaged is a lasting legacy, continuously preserved in the libraries of the Jesuits, and in all institutions that house their books.