We acquire material published in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino and material published in Romansch (the fourth official language of Switzerland). The Library's holdings in both are impressive, thanks to an acquisitions policy maintained since the 19th century, and probably represent the most significant such collections outside Switzerland itself, providing a rich resource for historical and linguistic research.
There is a large collection of early Bibles and other religious works in Romansch and the Library has continued to purchase local publications, including on occasion translations of classic English literary texts for their linguistic interest. The publications of the principal organisation promoting the use and study of Romansch as a minority language, the Lia Rumantscha, can also be found here.
The Library's collections of Ticinese publications include a large part of the production of the two main publishing houses in the region (Casagrande and Dadò), covering the main research disciplines, smaller firms publishing modern fiction and poetry, and more local publications, with an emphasis on local history and customs. There are also good holdings of art catalogues mainly from the galleries of Lugano and Bellinzona (especially of the work of Ticinese artists) and of important official publications.
Switzerland 700 by Peter Barber and curators of the British Library and the British Museum. London: The British Library, 1991. The catalogue of an exhibition held in 1991 gives an overview of items relating to Switzerland both in the British Library and in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum.
Current Ticinese publications as well as books on Ticino published elsewhere together with publications in Romansch are listed in the Swiss national bibliography:
Zürich: Schweizerischer Buchhändler- und Verleger-Verband, 1901-
Two important retrospective bibliographies for Ticino are:
Bellinzona: Casagrande, 1997
Edizioni ticinesi nel Convento dei Cappuccini a Lugano, 1747-1900.
Lugano: Edizioni Padri Cappuccini, 1961
The following two Ticinese periodicals are also useful bibliographical sources for publications on the region:
Fogli: informazioni dell'Associazione Biblioteca Salita dei Frati, Lugano.
InformaTI: la guida di Tinet al Ticino e alla rete
[Paginas rumantschas] For organisations, publications, etc. concerned with Romansch
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