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Exhibition "The illustrations and drawings by Wacław Piszczek CM to Bibliophilic Edition of the Works of Henryk Sienkiewicz"

Date: 06.02.2015 - 05.03.2015
Place: Jagiellonian Library, Exhibition Room (entrance from ul. Oleandry 3)
Organiser: Jagiellonian Library
Exhibition "The illustrations and drawings by Wacław Piszczek CM to Bibliophilic Edition of the Works of Henryk Sienkiewicz"

The year 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Henryk Sienkiewicz. This exhibition, organised by the Jagiellonian Library, presents all the volumes of this series, including the illustrations and drawings. The exhibition is a symbolic introduction to the celebration of the jubilee year in Cracow.

Since 1996 The Henryk Sienkiewicz National Society in Lublin, together with publishing house of the Missionary Priests Theological Institute in Kraków, has published a bibliophilic series of the works of our Nobel Prize winner.

This series consits of nine volumes in A4 size. The first one, entitled Pójdźmy za nim (1996), is a forgotten masterpiece of the religious novella genre. It also provides an excellent prologue to Quo Vadis? (1996). The next volumes include: Na polu chwały (1998), Ogniem i mieczem (2000), Krzyżacy (2000), W pustyni i w puszczy (2001), Pan Wołodyjowski (2002), Dramaty (2005), oraz Potop (2011).

This bibliophilic edition has an educational nature. Each issue has an introduction, note publishing, dictionaries, footnotes, sometimes maps.  The colour illustrations depict the contents of the volume, and the drawings illustrate the times in which a given action takes place, including clothes, arms, coats of arms, ways of being, feasting, hunting, fights etc. This bibliophilic series is gaining recognition both at home and abroad.