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1869-1923

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The Library


There is a hall in the museum where the visitor gets the chance to see a unique and opulent exhibition of books` Toumanian’s personal collection. It is one of the richest and multi-content libraries from our authors. Lev Tolstoy, Gode, Toumanian… 8150 books and periodicals are preserved in the library. Among them 2400 are in Armenian, 5220 in Russian and 529 in other languages. The books are placed in 12 bookcases, according to their subjects:
1. Folklore – 1075 books
2. General Science – 482 books
3. Common History – 587 books
4. Armenology – 742 books
5. History – 416 books
6. Literature in foreign languages – 256 books
7. Fine Arts literature in Russian – 1204 books
8. Caucasian Studies – 657 books
9. Fine Arts literature in Armenian – 1500 books
10. Philosophy, Religion, Pedagogy and Medicine – 601 books
11. Art – 416 books
12. Dictionaries and Encyclopedias – 251 books
Among the first books of the library are Khachatur Abovian’s “Wounds of Armenia”, Mikael Nalbandyan “Hyusisapayl” monthly newspaper. There is a wide number of ancient and unique books` bibles, religious hymns, hand-written books. More than a dozen books are handed over to the Matenadar. Among the ancient Armenian books are Nerses Shnorhali’s “Jesus the Son” (Venice, 1660), “New Testament” (Amsterdam, 1668), Arakel of Davrij’s “Book of Histories” (Amsterdam, 1669), “Call of the Ancenstors” (Constantinople, 1720). The oldest Russian books are “Comparative Dictionary of all Languages and Dialects (St. Petersburg, 1809)”, “Movses Khorenatsi, Armenian History (St. Petersburg, 1809)”, “Collections of acts related to the History of the Armenian People (1833-1838).” The oldest books in foreign languages are Virgil’s productions in Latin and French (1751 and 1754 editions), Peterman’s “Armenian Grammar” in latin (1837), handwritten science of History. More than 500 books contain the poet’s annotations, notes, comments, proof-checking, which allow us to understand Toumanian’s approach towards different writers, events, and happenings. There are also many books Toumanian has received as gifts from his intellectuals friends, such as Bryusov, Aghayan, Isahakyan, Teryan… The number of these books exceeds 260. There are also around 100 books that were credited to other people.