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European language material on Asia

Collection Details

European language material on Asia held at Victoria and Albert Museum National Art Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The collection consists of over 8,000 volumes in all the major European languages, additionally includes some material in Hebrew and Arabic languages.

History and development

The collection was developed to support the subject and research interests of the museum.

Strengths

The collection covers the major artistic traditions of Asia focussing particularly on China, India, Japan, Korea, Central Asia, Persia/Iran, Turkey and Egypt. The collection also includes a selection of Islamic bindings and oriental manuscripts.

General arrangement and access regulations

The library's collection includes European language material on the major artistic traditions of Asia. The collection is accessed by subject via the library's catalogues, the collection as with other holdings in the NAL is a closed access reference collection.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Central Asia and the Caucasus, East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia.

Languages of material

Arabic, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.

Subjects

Archaeology, Arts, History, International relations, Travel.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Books, Manuscripts, Serials.

Total size of collection

c. 8,000 monographs c. 600 serials titles

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has fallen.

Annual intake

c. 400 monographs c. 100 serials

Content date range

0 to 0 AD

Interlibrary loan procedure

ILL service for staff only (limited provision for other institutions)

Collection Catalogue Information

Catalogue

Catalogue transliteration schemes

LC transliteration (Russian)

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