IBNA- In the meeting "The Rare Iranian Printed Books, Future Challenges", CEO of Iran’s Book House Institute Majid Gholami Jalisseh said that many libraries have yet to realize the importance of lithographic books.
According to IBNA correspondent, the review meeting ‘, and that some centers keep these books alongside the others was held on February 29 at The House of Literati (Sara ye Ahl-e Qaslam).
The event was attended by Jalisseh; Professor Ulrich Marzolph, orientalist and scholar of folk literature; Ali Bouzari, editor of the quarterly Art Books Review; Sadiqeh Soltanifar, expert in the working group on exquisite books of the National Library, and other enthusiasts of this field.
In explaining the problems existing in the field of rare lithographic books, Jalisseh said: “Unfortunately, there are many problems in this area to which I shall refer in this meeting. One of the most important problems is lack of attention paid to the importance of these books. In the past two decades many libraries have ignored this importance and despite the measures taken in the National Library, Astan-e Qods-e Razavi Library and some other libraries, there are a few libraries in the country which are unaware of the importance of these books where typographic and lead-printed books are kept among other services.
He continued that both lithographic and typographic books play an important role in research and study by the scholars and students and must be carefully considered as they are not less important than the printed books. By the time printing arrived in Iran, the number of manuscripts decreased and this is what makes this historical period more pronounced.