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About the Arcadian Library

Exploring the shared cultural heritage of the Middle East and the West

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The Arcadian Library is an exceptional, privately-owned library, which respects and celebrates the centuries-old interface between Europe and the Middle East. Through the rich resource of its holdings this beacon of knowledge demonstrates to the world the enduring relationship that has bound the West to its neighbouring civilization beyond the shores of the Mediterranean Sea for centuries.

The Arcadian Library preserves book after book full of travellers 'observations and artists' images, scientists' and physicians' knowledge, literary, scholarly and historical influences. This written heritage reminds us how our different yet dependent cultures have met, related and learnt from each other for hundreds of years. In addition to rare printed books, the Arcadian Library also possesses manuscript and documentary material of very great importance and rarity.

Arcadian Library Online brings together the riches of the Arcadian Library in digital form for the first time.

Studies in the Arcadian Library (Oxford University Press)

General Editor: Alastair Hamilton