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MensajeTema: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Mar Dic 20, 2011 4:04 am

El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos




El instituto de investigación más antiguo de Egipto se incendió durante las manifestaciones en el centro de El Cairo, el 18 de diciembre, destruyendo un número desconocido de valiosos libros y manuscritos. Egiptólogos consternados llamaron “tragedia” a la destrucción y ahora están localizando y rescatando los tesoros del recinto, aseveró Andrew Lawler en la revista Science.

Unos 35,000 manuscritos y libros han sido rescatados de las llamas, aunque su estado no se ha aclarado.

Lisa Anderson, presidente de la American University en El Cairo (AUC), que tiene un campus cerca del instituto, dice que el Dar Al-Kutub (la Biblioteca y el Archivo Nacionales de Egipto) está liderando un esfuerzo de rescate emprendido por los estudiosos, los especialistas de la biblioteca y los archiveros.

Cuando estallaron los combates entre manifestantes y la policía, el edificio neoclásico cerca de la plaza Tahrir se incendió. Los informes de Egipto dicen que los manifestantes intentaron rescatar manuscritos y libros del edificio en llamas, pero fueron acosados y atacados por los soldados.

La AUC proporciona materiales de su propia biblioteca de libros raros. “Es imposible en este momento estimar lo que se pierde, ya que algunos libros y otros materiales fueron rescatados por los particulares y no sabemos dónde están”, dice Lisa Anderson. “Aparecerán en las próximas semanas y meses, ya sea entregados al Dar Al-Kutub o encontrados en los mercados de libros usados”.

Anderson expresó esperanza para recuperar la mayor parte de la colección, que resulta “un maravilloso, algo excéntrico, archivo insustituible de la historia del siglo XIX –con libros de geografía, manuscritos y mapas”.

El Instituto de Egipto (Institut d’Egypte) fue fundado como una escuela de investigación científica por Napoleón Bonaparte, durante su campaña en Egipto en 1798, una invasión que provocó que la atención de los estudiosos occidentales se volcara a la historia antigua del país. La colección incluye documentos y libros irremplazables. Entre los libros hay un ejemplar de Description de l’Egypt, el primer texto extenso ilustrado sobre las antigüedades egipcias.

http://eleconomista.com.mx/entretenimiento/2011/12/19/instituto-egipto-se-incendia-rescatan-manuscritos
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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Mar Dic 20, 2011 4:04 am

El Instituto de Egipto, calcinado en las protestas de El Cairo


Han ardido 'La descripción de Egipto' y 200 mil obras más



En medio de las protestas que asolan El Cairo, el Instituto de Egipto, una de las joyas de la capital, ha sido pasto de las llamas.
Las imágenes del suceso dejan ver a un hombre que sostiene lo que parece ser la primera página de "La descripción de Egipto", un estudio encargado por Napoleón a un grupo de científicos durante su campaña por el Nilo.
Se han perdido los 24 volúmenes originales del estudio y 200.000 obras más.
En el Instituto de Egipto se encontraba la colección de mapas y manuscritos más importante del país.
Sólo 30 mil piezas han podido ser rescatadas del fuego originado por los choques entre manifestantes y fuerzas de seguridad.
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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Mar Dic 20, 2011 8:49 am

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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Miér Dic 21, 2011 12:48 am

Thousands of rare documents burned in Egypt clash


Burnt pages from a large selection of rare and ancient books and documents housed in the historic Scientific Institute lie in a pile near Tahrir Square on Monday. (Reuters)

By AYA BATRAWY | AP

Published: Dec 20, 2011 13:03 Updated: Dec 20, 2011 13:04

CAIRO: Volunteers in white lab coats, surgical gloves and masks were standing on the back of a pickup truck along the banks of the Nile River in Cairo, rummaging through stacks of rare 200-year-old manuscripts that were little more than charcoal debris.


The volunteers, ranging from academic experts to appalled citizens, have spent the past two days trying to salvage what’s left of some 192,000 books, journals and writings, casualties of Egypt’s latest bout of violence.

Institute d’Egypte, a research center set up by Napoleon Bonaparte during France’s invasion in the late 18th century, caught fire during clashes between protesters and Egypt’s military over the weekend. It was home to a treasure trove of writings, most notably the handwritten 24-volume Description de l’Egypte, which began during the 1798-1801 French occupation.

The compilation, which includes 20 years of observations by more than 150 French scholars and scientists, was one of the most comprehensive descriptions of Egypt’s monuments, its ancient civilization and contemporary life at the time.

The Description of Egypt is likely burned beyond repair. Its home, the two-story historic institute near Tahrir Square, is now in danger of collapsing after the roof caved in.

“The burning of such a rich building means a large part of Egyptian history has ended,” the director of the institute, Mohammed Al-Sharbouni, told state television over the weekend. The building was managed by a local non-governmental organization.

Al-Sharbouni said most of the contents were destroyed in the fire that raged for more than 12 hours on Saturday. Firefighters flooded the building with water, adding to the damage.

During the clashes a day earlier, parts of the parliament and a transportation authority office caught fire, but those blazes were put out quickly.

The violence erupted in Cairo Friday, when military forces guarding the Cabinet building, near the institute, cracked down on a 3-week-old sit-in to demand the country’s ruling generals hand power to a civilian authority. At least 14 people have been killed.

Zein Abdel-Hady, who runs the country’s main library, is leading the effort to try and save what’s left of the charred manuscripts.

“This is equal to the burning of Galileo’s books,” Abdel-Hady said, referring to the Italian scientist whose work proposing that the earth revolved around the sun was believed to have been burned in protest in the 17th century.

Below Abdel-Hady’s office, dozens of people sifted through the mounds of debris brought to the library. A man in a surgical coat carried a pile of burned paper with his arms carefully spread, as if cradling a baby.

The rescuers used newspapers to cover some partially burned books. Bulky machines vacuum-packed delicate paper.

At least 16 truckloads with around 50,000 manuscripts, some damaged beyond repair, have been moved from the sidewalks outside the US Embassy and the American University in Cairo, both near the burned institute, to the main library, Abdel-Hady said.

He told The Associated Press that there is no way of knowing what has been lost for good at this stage, but the material was worth tens of millions of dollars — and in many ways simply priceless.

“I haven’t slept for two days, and I cried a lot yesterday. I do not like to see a book burned,” he said. “The whole of Egypt is crying.”

He said that there are four other handwritten copies of the Description of Egypt. The French body of work has also been digitized and is available online.

There may have been a map of Egypt and Ethiopia, dated in 1753, that was destroyed in the fire. However, another original copy of the map is in Egypt’s national library, he said. The gutted institute also housed 16th century letters and manuscripts that were bound and shelved like books.

The most accessible inventory at the moment for what was housed in the institute is in a 1920’s book kept in the US Library of Congress, according to William Kopycki, a regional field director with the Washington D.C.-based library. He said the body of work that was destroyed was essential for researchers of Egyptian history, Arabic studies and Egyptology.

“It’s a loss of a very important institute that many scholars have visited,” he said during a meeting with Abdel-Hady to evaluate the level of destruction.

What remains inside the historic building near the site of the clashes are piles of burned furniture, twisted metal and crumbled walls. A double human chain of protesters surrounded the building Monday.

At a news conference Monday, a general from the country’s ruling military council said an investigation was under way to find who set the building on fire. State television aired images of men in plainclothes burning the building and dancing around the fire Saturday afternoon. Protesters also took advantage of the fire, using the institute’s grounds to hurl firebombs and rocks at soldiers atop surrounding buildings.

A military colonel, helping out with rescue efforts at the library, said about 10 soldiers have been tasked with assisting the volunteers. He asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Volunteer Ahmed El-Bindari said the military shoulders the brunt of responsibility for using its roof as a position to attack protesters before the fire erupted.

“When the government wants to protect something, they do,” El-Bindari said. “Try to reach the Interior Ministry or Defense Ministry buildings. You won’t be able to.”
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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Miér Dic 21, 2011 10:52 am

Bueno, parece que es una de las copias y se conservan intactas 3 mas. Resulta que en su momento se editaron 1000 ejemplares de una edicion Imperial, luego se editaron otras 1000 llamadas edicion Pocokoke o algo asi, que parece ser que era de un tamaño mas reducido.

De estos 2000 ejemplares estan repartidas entre instituciones publicas y privadas en el mundo, al parecer aqui habrian 4. Por supuesto en Francia conservan muy bien la matriz.

De todas formas, habria que buscarles un sitio mas seguro a todos estos documentos importantes de cualquier pais, ¿quien dice que no estalla una guerra de aqui a saber cuando en Francia, Alemania, España, St Petesburgo etc.? No se, algun especie de bunquer o algo.

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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Miér Dic 21, 2011 12:24 pm

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Bueno, parece que es una de las copias y se conservan intactas 3 mas. Resulta que en su momento se editaron 1000 ejemplares de una edicion Imperial, luego se editaron otras 1000 llamadas edicion Pocokoke o algo asi, que parece ser que era de un tamaño mas reducido.

De estos 2000 ejemplares estan repartidas entre instituciones publicas y privadas en el mundo, al parecer aqui habrian 4. Por supuesto en Francia conservan muy bien la matriz.

De todas formas, habria que buscarles un sitio mas seguro a todos estos documentos importantes de cualquier pais, ¿quien dice que no estalla una guerra de aqui a saber cuando en Francia, Alemania, España, St Petesburgo etc.? No se, algun especie de bunquer o algo.

Saludos!

Le voilá! Hay 2 o 3 más en España. cheers
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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Vie Dic 23, 2011 7:30 am

Los clichés originales de cobre que se utilizaron para los grabados de la primera edición se encuentran a salvo en Le Chalcographie du Louvre desde 1854.

http://www.chalcographiedulouvre.com/html/2b/collection/coll1.htm


Las estampas y dibujos, en base a los cuales se confeccionaron las planchas están dispersos por bastantes sitios, la mayoría en Francia y también por supuesto en colecciones privadas.

No sabemos cuántos ejemplares completos de la edición Imperiale quedan en el mundo, seguramente no muchos.
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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Sáb Dic 24, 2011 12:47 am

70 percent of books destroyed in fire, says Dar Al-Kotob head


Arab said some books cannot be salvaged. (Daily News Egypt Photo / By Hassan Ibrahim)
By Heba Hesham / Daily News Egypt December 20, 2011, 6:14 pm



CAIRO: Seventy percent of the books and manuscripts were damaged in the fire that engulfed the Scientific Complex on Saturday amid clashes in downtown Cairo, according to Saber Arab, head of Dar Al-Kotob and the committee formed to measure the damages.

"With the naked eye, I believe around 10 percent of the books are sound, 20 percent can be restored and 70 percent are totally damaged," Arab told Daily News Egypt.

Arab said they will only accept help from national bodies, such as the Ministry of International Cooperation, after they received offers from a number of different organizations and entities.

Sheikh Sultan Al-Qassimi, ruler of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, offered to pay for the restoration of the Scientific Complex.

According to Arab, Sultan added that he possesses a number of rare documents, maps and ancient manuscripts in his library that he offered to deliver to Egypt.

In a phone in on Al-Ashera Masa'an talk show, Sultan confirmed that he wants to repay part of Egypt's favors to the Arab world.

Arab said that they received offers from UNESCO, the library of the American Congress and the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation.

However, Arab said he currently cannot request any help until there is a final report on the damages.

"When we will request help, we will ask the national authorities like the Ministry of International Cooperation to provide us with what we need," he added.

Rescue efforts

When the Egyptian Scientific Complex, an old building housing thousands of ancient manuscripts, caught fire, the original copy of the "Le Description de L’Egypt" that was kept inside the building was burnt to ashes.

"It is not the book alone. We lost a large number of rare manuscripts, essential atlases, books about Sudan and others about the traditions of Egyptians around the country in addition to the minutes of the meetings of the administrative board of the complex," Arab said.

Dar Al-Kotob, which is now organizing rescue efforts led by specialized book conservators and involving the library's staff of conservators, received Monday morning four cars loaded with nearly 12, 000 manuscripts from the Scientific Complex.

This move was to complement the role of the library in gathering the complex’s books.

"Every now and then the armed forces tell us that the conditions are stabilized enough for us to go search for more of Egypt's historic books under the ruins of the complex," Arab said.

He added that the armed forces deliver the books to the library and a group of the library's employees looked for books under the wreckage.

"Also some protesters call us if they find any book or document that was inside the complex," he said pointing out that it is difficult to retrieve the books due to the ongoing clashes.

Arab said that Dar Al-Kotob is salvaging the books through two steps.

"There are some books, documents, records and manuscripts that are totally damaged and unfortunately cannot be retrieved. For those we can work on, we start by drying and sterilizing them in dry vacuum packing bags to reserve it from mold," he said.

The second step, Arab said, is to start restoring the books to their original form.

"We use specialized restoration labs for this process, but we cannot start doing it before collecting all the books we can," he added.

Minister of Culture Shaker Abdel Hamid affirmed that Egypt possesses three original copies of "Le Description de L’Egypt," one at Dar Al-Kotob, one at the Geographic institution and an uncompleted copy at the University of Assiut.

"It is hard to know if we have other original copies of the various manuscripts as we are still searching for a database that documents such things," Arab said.

He added that there is supposedly a digital copy of the manuscripts.

"The digital copy will not save the effort to sort out each book and recollect it," Mohamed Hassan, a restoration researcher at the National Library participating in the salvation of books, said. "We are exerting unbelievable effort to recover the books."

Although, Arab said that Dar Al-Kotob is still preparing a list of the immediate supplies needed in the salvation process, volunteers said they are in need of some materials in large quantities.

The needed supplies include goggles, masks, medical non-latex gloves, fans, extension cords, vacuum sealed bags, garbage bags, newspapers, plastic crates, aprons or lab coats and hundreds of meters of linen.

"The vacuum sealed bags are of extreme importance right now. We need to use them to transfer the slightly wet books to a dry place to stop the development of any mold," Elena, from Bulgaria, who is volunteering to sort the salvaged books that have been handed over to the library, said.

"It is extremely important to find a company which will sell or donate these bags in bulk," she added.

"We need supplies more than people. At the end we are only three or four volunteers working with Dar Al-Kotob's team of conservators and a group of specialists," she said. "But in a few hours we might need help to register supplies or organize things."

Elena added that the conservators are also ready to purchase the materials if required, but that they need to be delivered as soon as possible.

According to Elena, the first 24 hours are crucial to save the books. The supplies could be delivered to Dar Al-Kotob's headquarters.


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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Sáb Dic 24, 2011 12:52 am

What's happening after burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute
After burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute on Saturday 17th December 2011, great efforts started to work on saving the collections of the library which has 196.000 items. The National Library of Egypt is leading the efforts that initiated by different organizations and individuals. At this press release we will try to give a spot light on what's happening after burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute.



On the official side; The Ministry of Archeology formed a technical committee to check out the burned building of the Egyptian Scientific Institute. Another 2 committees formed for the same purpose, they were formed by Ministry of Culture, and Civilized Coordination Authority. The final result says that the building needs 2.5 Million Egyptian Pounds ($420.000) for restoration, and this process will take 1 year according to Mohammed Ali Ibrahim the Minister of Archaeology.


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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Sáb Dic 24, 2011 3:15 am

La movilización que ocurrió después es impresionante
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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Dom Dic 25, 2011 2:51 am

UN desastre el incendio!!
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MensajeTema: Re: El Instituto de Egipto se incendia, rescatan manuscritos   Miér Dic 28, 2011 1:40 am

Action taken to restore Egypt Scientific Institute
A meeting to draw a comprehensive restoration plan for Egypt Scientific Institute is to be held Tuesday at the Ministry of State for Antiquities





Nevine El-Aref , Monday 26 Dec 2011

A closed meeting with the army engineering section and the Arab Contractor Company a delegation with the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) led by Mohamed Shiha head of the Projects Department is to be held tomorrow to discuss all possible procedures to restore Egypt Scientific Institute (ESI). Report submitted by the MSA inspection mission would be also discussed in order to draw a restoration plan.

MSA’s minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that, according to official reports, the two-storey institute had been partially damaged by fire that had led to the collapse of its first- and second-floor ceilings, as well as the destruction of its wooden windows and arcades.

Mohsen Sayed head of the Islamic and Coptic Antiquities Department at the MSA told Ahram Online that all of the building’s internal walls had been destroyed but stressed that its supporting walls were still well preserved. Restoration work will begin as soon as the tense political situation in the area is brought under control, he added.

The institute was set on fire a week ago amid ongoing protests against military rule in front of the Cabinet building in downtown Cairo. Those responsible remain unidentified, with the military junta and protesters accusing each other of starting the fire.
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