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The first printed dissertation from Uppsala University was published 1602. Just as most early modern dissertations it contains a dedication from the respondent to a person higher in the social hierarchy. The present article aims at describing the development of the dedicatory practices in dissertations printed in Uppsala during their first thirty years. What happens in the dedications at this stage? What is being said there? Why do respondents dedicate? An academic program from 1633 is discussed, in which the vice-chancellor of the university, Laurentius Olai Wallius, accuses the students of mis- using the dedicatory system because of greed, dedicating their publications to too many people and sometimes changing the dedications of the same publications. Seemingly protection, authorization, monetary and professional aid are what the respondents request or thank the dedicatees for. The dedicator’s modesty is an obligatory topos, but not necessarily without self-confidence. At a certain point, the subject of the dissertation starts to be discussed in the dedications as well.

In: Early Modern Disputations and Dissertations in an Interdisciplinary and European Context

Uppsala University Library received several literary spoils of war that had been taken by Swedish armies from Jesuit colleges and other Catholic institutions in the seventeenth century. This article argues that the first university library building in Uppsala, which was built in two floors, kept good and useful literature on the upper floor, where the books were arranged according to faculties, and literature of less use on the lower, where the books were arranged according to a system similar to those in Jesuit libraries. In Lutheran Uppsala, most Catholic literature was therefore located in the lower library. In previous research on this library, its structure has not been fully acknowledged. Hence, several misleading conclusions have been drawn.

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In: Journal of Jesuit Studies
In: The Baltic Battle of Books
Formation and Relocation of European Libraries in the Confessional Age (c. 1500–c. 1650) and Their Afterlife
This book is about the creation, relocation, and reconstruction of libraries between the late Middle Ages and the Age of Confessionalization, that is, the era of religious division and struggle in Northern Europe following the Reformation and Counter-Reformation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. At the time, different creeds clashed with each other, but it was also a period in which the political and intellectual geography of Europe was redrawn. Centuries-old political, economic, and cultural networks fell apart and were replaced with new ones. Books and libraries were at the centre of these cultural, political, and religious transformations, frequently seized as war booties and appropriated by their new owners in distant locations.
In: The Baltic Battle of Books