Part 1. A library of libraries
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Part 2. Old Friends
The friendship with my book “Les Ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grèce” from David Le Roy started last year in September 2019. In the beginning I was a little bit confused how we should get friends without me reading what he has to “say” nor speaking the same language.
The first thing I got to know about “Les Ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grèce” was its location. I could meet him in the Oechslin library in Einsiedeln and in the main library of Zurich in the “Alte Drucke”. I found out his age, which is 262 years and that he speaks French. I have to say, it´s the first time I have a French “speaking” friend and surely the first time an over 250 years old one.
So, I was curious to meet him and find out how he will look after all these years and what he is going to tell me. When I finally met him, we didn´t really have a deep conversation, it was more a first short 20 minutes contact. In which I saw a lot of French words, beautiful illustrations and as well more technical images. As a result, I was able to follow its content more or less. Further I was impressed about its dimension. I had never seen such a wide, long and moreover heavy book. I could barely move it by force, which is why I even needed a trolley. It all ended very quick after 20 minutes, but I certainly won´t forget this first encounter.
After this encounter the next task was about the examination of the publishing history of my book. This task didn´t really have a positive nor a negative impact on my friendship with “Les Ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grèce”. I looked it up in the internet and it felt more relaxing in comparison with the first encounter but it didn´t do much difference in our friendship.
However, the last task did really help me understand what my new gained friend tried to tell the world and I finally got to know “Les Ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grèce” better. I had to deal with a book and look at it in a totally different and new manner than I usually did, but at the same time I started to encounter more and more interesting details. I was impressed how much details one could find and how many I missed at the first encounter.
Finally, I found the part in the book about the Greek orders very interesting as it is a topic in the lectures as well. Moreover, I am really surprised, that even without reading “Les Ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grèce”´s content, I was able to understand and learn more about the monuments of Greece and especially that I got to know a new approach on how to deal with such an ancient book.