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New Trubar Exhibition Opens at National Library

Poster of the exhibition. Design: Robert Kuhar, Korporativno oblikovanje. Photo: Schwabe AG, Verlag, Basel

From the exhibition. Photo: Robert Kuhar

An exhibition entitled "Trubar and Ungnad's Gift to Europe" opened Thursday evening at the National and University Library in Ljubljana (NUK) as part of a nation-wide celebration of the 500th birth anniversary of Primoz Trubar (1508-1586), a Protestant priest who penned the first book in Slovene.

The exhibition features Protestant prints from Basel University Library and the original of Trubar's book "Noviga testamenta pusledni dejl" (The Final Part of the New Testament), which NUK recently acquired from Jerusalem.

In 1560, Count Jan Ungnad set up the Ungnad-Trubar Bible Institute in Urach, Germany, that issued a translation of the New Testament, in both Glagolitic and Cyrillic characters, which helped disseminate Protestantism among the southern Slavs.

The Slovenian, Croatian and other Protestant works published by the institute will be on display in Slovenia for the first time. The books are especially beautifully bound, as they were gift copies.

The books are priceless and of great importance for the cultural history of the Reformation in South Europe. Some of them are extremely rare or even unique, according to NUK's website.

In 1564, after the closing of the famous south Slavic Protestant Bible Institute in Urach, led by Primoz Trubar, Baron Hans III Ungnad von Sonnegg donated the Institute's valuable book production to the predecessor of the present University Library in Basel.

The exhibition will be on display until 29 June.


Source: STA


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