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News portal – Ruhr University Bochum. Why an old botany book turned out to be a actual treasure.

27 dicembre 2020,

di Stefano Ronchetti,

letto 17 volte.

The look for a 188 year old book took a RUB botanist to Saint Petersburg. He was unsuccessful there. Just a few years later, luck helped.

Annika Fink cautiously requires the book off the shelf inside the specialist library for biology. As inconspicuous because it appears with its very simple brown cover, it can be a genuine treasure for botanists and librarians, because it is often a rare and valuable first edition from 1831.

Neither side may perhaps crease, nor may very well the paper tear. A positive instinct is essential.? The book paraphrase it is therefore not open towards the public,? Explains Fink. As an alternative, the librarian keeps it in the closed magazine, to which only library employees have access and only hand out the book for reading on request.

The book, which bears signs of the times both inside and outdoors, is entitled? Essai monographique sur les esp?ces d’Eriocaulon du Br?sil? And, in addition to initial written descriptions, includes pretty detailed steel engravings of a loved ones of plants which can be woolly stem plants – in Latin: Eriocaulaceae – is called.

The search started in 2008.

It can’t be taken for granted that it can be now inside the faculty library. It is preceded by a extended history that extends as far as Russia. “In 2008 my post-doctoral student Marcello Trovo was urgently hunting for this book for his research, ” says botany professor Dr. Thomas St?tzel.

There were a handful of copies from the perform in Germany, however they had been not full, and furthermore, current reprints.? For us scientists, even so, it truly is essential that when we quote other researchers in our operate, we’ve their original editions in front of us. You can actually perform with later quotations, but they can include errors after which the publication is invalid within the sense from the international code of your botanical nomenclature?, so St?tzel.

The oldest edition that Trovo identified by means of his study was in a university library in Saint Petersburg, where the German author August Gustav Heinrich von Bongard lived and worked as a botanist until his death in 1839. For the reason that he honestly wanted to find out the book, Trovo created the two, 200-kilometer journey – and stood in front of closed doors.? That was honestly tragic,? Says Thomas St?tzel, describing the disappointment.? At that time, of all times, the library was closed for renovation.?

A fortunate coincidence.

Trovo had to complete differently for his work. But years later, in 2012, the story took an unexpected turn:? A former employee called me. He just dissolved the library with the Botanical Association in Bonn. And Bongard’s book of all factors was among the performs to be sold. I could have it to get a symbolic price,? Says a satisfied St?tzel when he thinks of his awesome luck.

St?tzel left his find towards the Faculty Library of Biology, where Annika Fink took care of it. Not too long ago she was able to have it processed by a specialist business. “Our price range was only sufficient for qualified cleaning – a total restoration would have expense 2,000 euros – but we are especially satisfied with the outcome, ” said the librarian.

Many data is lost via scanning.

Although Thomas St?tzel has now digitized the book, he emphasizes how imperative it truly is to have operates like this within a reference library.? A great deal of information and facts like color and information around the drawings are lost when they are scanned,? He explains. And Annika Fink adds: “The paper itself and any handwritten notes from preceding owners, if any, present researchers from several disciplines precious insights in to the genesis of such books. ”

In any case, Thomas St?tzel and Annika Fink prefer to do their greatest to ensure that the old treasure is usually kept in their library to get a extended time and is obtainable to scientists.

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Articolo scritto da Stefano Ronchetti

A Stefano Ronchetti, ideatore e fondatore della CONCERTO, è affidata la Direzione generale ed il coordinamento del gruppo. Un professionista con un’importante esperienza...

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