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Thanks to members' support this year, $40,000 was spent to acquire essential titles for the Library.  Unfortunately, not all titles requested could be funded.  Following are a few that remain available for funding via a donation to the Library Society.  If interested please send a check for the full cost of the book, with the title in the comment field, to
The Library Society
1100 East 57th Street, Room 180
Chicago, IL 60637

You may also call Barbara Palmer-Bostick at 773.702.7695.

 

Atlas hierarchicus: descriptio geographica et statistica insuper notae historicae Ecclesiae Catholicae. 6th ed.

by Giancarlo Girardi and Heinrich Emmerich, eds.  Civitas Vaticana: Urbaniana University Press, 2011.

The Atlas Hierarchicus describes the geographical and statistical presence of the Catholic curia and laity through the world. Commissioned by Pope Benedict XVI, this updated Atlas is the first published since the 5th edition in 1992 and contains an accounting of the many changes to the church and its community in the intervening years. The two most prominent areas highlighted in the text are the list of the dioceses and the number of Catholics in absolute terms and in proportion to the population of the various countries in which they live. This study will greatly benefit the research conducted by faculty and students in the Divinity School as well as students and faculty in history, sociology, political science and any other scholar of religion and Catholicism.  Amount Requested: $257

 

Les heures grégoriennes: le trésor de la liturgie des heures et du chant grégorien: latin-français. 3 vols.

Flavigny-sur-Ozerain: Traditions Monastiques, 2012.

Traditionally sung by choirs of men and boys in churches, or by women and men of religious orders in their chapels, the Gregorian Chant is the is the central tradition of Western plainchant, plainsong or chant used in the liturgies of Western Christendom. Les Heures Grégoriennes provides over 1,700 French translations of the original Latin hymns, anthems and responses by the Gregorian order, many of which have been newly restored. These volumes will greatly benefit the research conducted by faculty and students in the Divinity School as well as students and faculty as well as other scholars of musicology, religion and religious musical traditions.  Amount Requested: $317

 

A History of Modern Aesthetics. 3 vols.

by Paul Guyer. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

This title narrates the history of philosophical aesthetics from the eighteenth century through the twentieth century. Aesthetics began with Aristotle's defense of the cognitive value of tragedy in response to Plato's famous attack on the arts in The Republic; cognitivist accounts of aesthetic experience have been central to the field ever since. In the eighteenth century, however, two new ideas were introduced: first, that aesthetic experience is important because of emotional impact (precisely what Plato criticized), and, second, aesthetic experience is a pleasurable free play of many or all of our mental powers. This book tells how these ideas have been synthesized or separated by both the best-known and lesser-known aestheticians of modern times, focusing on Britain, France, and Germany in the eighteenth century; Germany and Britain in the nineteenth; and Germany, Britain, and the United States in the twentieth.  Amount Requested: $335

 

Ars Christiana: In Memoriam Michail F. Murianov (21.XI.1928 – 6.VI.1995).

by Roman Krivko, Basil Lourié and Andrei Orlov, eds. Piscataway: Gorgias Press & Axioma, 2012.

The volume covers several topics connected to the Eastern (Byzantine, Slavic, Coptic, Armenian) and Western Christian medieval traditions, including intertestamentary traditions and the reception of biblical and medieval heritage in the modern epoch. Several documents have been published for the first time in this text. Among them are Byzantine historia animae utilis BHG1277a, an anonymous 9th-century Byzantine treatise in defense of the holy icons, the Slavonic version of a previously unknown Vita of St. Empress Theophano, and a 13th-century charter from the Monk Bretton Priory in Yorkshire.  Amount Requested: $403.91

 

A Narrative of the Transactions in Bengal, from the Year 1760, to the Year 1764, During the Government of Mr. Henry Vansittart. 3 vols.

by Henry Vansittart, ed. London: printed for J. Newbery, J. Dodsley, and J. Robson, 1766.

Born into a wealthy immigrant merchant family, Henry Vansittart rose to prominence in the East India Company. Appointed to a post as President of the Council and Governor of Fort William in Bengal in 1760, Vansittart ran into trouble as he tried to reform the local government and wrest power from local elites. Resigning from his post in 1764, Vansittart returned to England and appeared before the East India Company board of directors where he was attacked. Vansittart's three-volume A Narrative of the Transactions in Bengal from 1760 to 1764 was written to give his account of the events that led to his resignation. Amount Requested: $640

 

Historical Linguistics. 6 vols.

by Hope Dawson and Brian D. Joseph, eds. New York: Routledge, 2014.

This new title from Routledge's Major Works series, assembles in six volumes foundational and canonical pieces, together with cutting-edge research. With a full index and a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editors, Historical Linguistics places the materials collected in this volume within its intellectual context. The collection will be particularly useful as an essential database allowing scattered material to be easily located. It will also be welcomed as a crucial tool permitting rapid access to less familiar—and sometimes overlooked—texts. It is an important one-stop research and pedagogic resource.  Amount Requested: $750

 

Corpus Linguistics. 4 vols.

by Douglas Biber and Randi Reppen, eds. Los Angeles: Sage, 2012.

Corpus linguistics is a research approach used to investigate the patterns of language use empirically, based on analysis of large collections of natural texts. This four-volume collection is organized around linguistic research questions that can be investigated from a corpus perspective and includes, amongst others, studies of individual words, comparisons of supposedly synonymous words, studies of grammatical variation, and sociolinguistic studies of dialects, registers, styles, and world varieties. Corpus-based analysis has also proven to be important for the study of historical change.  Amount Requested: $806

 

Crimea Oblast Population Census.

Strategically located, the Crimean Peninsula is a major landmass on the northern coast of the Black Sea which has historically provided quick access to the Eastern Mediterranean, Balkans and Middle East. Possession of the southern coast of Crimea was sought after by most empires of the greater region since antiquity which has resulted in a heterogeneous population. The Crimea Oblast Population Census is a rare oblast-level (province) population data-set on Crimea, the collection of 21 reports covers data for each Rayon or district within the Crimean Peninsula. The collection presents a unique view of the ethnic distribution of Ukrainians, Russians, Tatars and other peoples of the Crimea. The data contains information on, migration, education level, employment, age, marital status and more.  Amount Requested: $735

 

All-Ukraine Population Census.

A unitary republic bordering on the Russian Federation, Ukraine is home to a multi-ethnic population that contains a sizable minority of Russians, as well as Romanians/Moldovans, Belarusians, Crimean Tatars, and Hungarians. The country has most recently been in the news as it struggles against semi-autonomous, breakaway regions within its borders. The conflict, led by individuals in the cultural orbit of the Russian Federation, has had geo-political ramifications. The most recent All-Ukrainian Population Census took place in December 2001 and was the first national census since independence from the USSR. This digital collection consists of 19 e-book volumes covering vast demographic and socio-economic data about the population, nationality, language, citizenship and more.  Amount Requested: $380

 

In the Desert Margins: the Settlement Process in Ancient South and East Arabia.

by Michel Mouton and Jérémie Schiettecatte. Rome: "L'Erma" di Bretschneider, 2014.

This study seeks to review the settlement process by which civilizations of ancient South and East Arabia evolved into urban societies. Highlighting the environmental constraints, geographical disparities and the responses of the human communities' struggle to ensure their subsistence needs, In the Desert Margins excavates the history of communities whose territorial roots go back to the Bronze Age. This study will greatly benefit the research conducted by faculty and students in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, especially those scholars focusing on the Arabian Peninsula prior to the dawn of Islam in the seventh century C.E.  Amount Requested: $330

 

Handbuch Sterben und Menschenwürde[Handbook of Dying and Human Dignity]. 3 vols.

by M. Anderheiden, et al, ed. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012.

If, as we are told, "Dying is part of life," this collection of essays by experts seeks to understand the important process of death from a variety of disciplinary as well as clinical perspectives. Ranging from philosophy, history, sociology, psychology economics, medicine, ethics and more, this collection of essays by experts reviews and evaluates the current knowledge we have about dying.  Amount Requested: $349