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UVic Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of The Seghers Collection: Old Books for a New World by Dr. Hélène Cazes. This is the first publication under the University Libraries imprint. The publication explores the bibliographic history of the Seghers Collection, their spiritual and religious significance within the catholic tradition and their attributed owner, Charles John Seghers (26 December 1839 - 28 November 1886), the second Archbishop of Victoria. The Collection consists of approximately 4,000 books on Catholic theology and church history, canon law, liturgy and ritual, canonization and monasticism on permanent loan from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria at the University of Victoria Libraries in Victoria, British Columbia.
The collection is essentially Seghers' personal library complemented by collateral works purchased by the Diocese and is rich in continental imprints from the 16th to the 19th centuries, not only in Latin, but also in French, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish and English. The collection, besides his vocation, reflects Seghers' broad interests in philosophy, ethics, psychology, science, Roman history and drama, and music.
The Seghers books are of interest not only for their content, but also for the light that they throw on book production, printing, illustration, and binding, especially on the European continent from 1550 through to the end of the hand-printing era. The publication studies Seghers' influence on the development of the collection while analyzing subsequent generations of users, analyzing marginalia, annotations and artwork.