Director of printing repository of Astan Quds Razavi’s Central Library reported preserving more than 20,000 copies of the exquisite lead printed books of more than 200-year old in the library's printing repository.
According to Astan Quds, Ahmed Layeq, announcing the news, said, "This singular collection includes rare lead printed books in Persian, Arabic and Turkish, published before the year 1320/1941.
“These movable type sources have been published in the oldest printing houses of the country such as ruling centers in Tabriz, Isfahan, Tehran as well as other countries of the world including India, Turkey, Egypt, the Netherlands, Germany, London and Paris”, he continued.
"The present collection is historically, scientifically, economically, politically, socially, culturally and religiously so valuable, and due to certain features such as the type of cover and paper, printing, dating, and gilding (Tazhib) and image, it looks exquisite and is favored by the researchers of old books”, he added
The director of printing repository of central library of Astan Quds Razavi described the Persian book titled as "Treatise of Jihadia" created by Mirza Isa Qaem Maqam Farahani, as one of the exquisite works of this collection, and stated, "This is the first movable type book published in Tabriz's ruling center dating back to the year 1234 AH/1818.”
“Another valuable and unique work of this series is the Holy Quran, which was published abroad, in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1787”, he continued.
Stressing that the library's lead printed books have been collected through donation, endowment and purchase over a wide range of historical periods, he said, “The handwriting of endowers, donors and authors can be seen on the pages.”
He argued that digital backup copies of the works of the collection have been also created with the purpose of maintaining and transferring this collection to next generations as well as providing easier services to researchers.
Viewing the printing repository of central library of the Organization of Libraries, Museums, and Documentation Center of Astan Quds Razavi as one of the richest printed archives of the country, he said, "This organization, as a cultural and religious hub of the region and the Muslim world, has gathered, organized and attracted cultural and scientific works to preserve the cultural heritage of the country and to provide research services to domestic and foreign researchers.
It is worth mentioning that the culturists and devotees of Imam Reza (A.S.) can endow or donate their valuable movable type works to the central library of Astan Quds Razavi, located at Sheikh Tusi sanctuary of Razavi Holy Shrine, so that they could be preserved under the supervision of experienced experts in a suitable environment with favorable conditions and standards.