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Programme franco-allemand en Sciences humaines et sociales (FRAL) 2015
Projet BibNietzsche

Nietzsche’s Private Library on the Web: Digital Edition and Philosophical Commentary

This project aims to publish on the web a reconstructed catalogue and a digital reproduction of all the preserved books contained in Nietzsche’s private library and to provide a philosophical commentary of the books which played a significant role in the genesis of Nietzsche’s philosophy.

ITEM has a large scholarly experience in studying authors libraries (Bibliothèques d’écrivains edited by P. D’Iorio and D. Ferrer, CNRS-Éditions 2001, and the project coordinator, along with some members of his “Équipe Nietzsche et son temps”, has already published the complete catalogue of Nietzsche’s private library in print (Nietzsche persönliche Bibliothek, Berlin, de Gruyter, 2003, 732 p., and reserved the right for the publication on digital media.
Thanks to a collaboration with the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar, which holds the original volumes, the Équipe Nietzsche has already digitized all the original books of Nietzsche private library including about 500.000 pages. 18.000 pages of these books contain Nietzsche’s marginalia or reading traces.

The Research group “Nietzsche-Kommentar” at the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften has been working since 2008 to the philosophical comment of Nietzsche’s Works. Andreas Urs Sommer, the director of Nietzsche-Kommentar, will gather a group of eminent Nietzsche scholars to comment a selection of the most important philosophical books. Specialists will provide for each chosen book an exhaustive transcription and detailed description of Nietzsche’s marginalia and a list of existing research on the relationship between Nietzsche and the considered book. Above all, the scholars of Nietzsche-Kommentar will provide a more general commentary and a philosophical explanation and interpretation of the role of the considered book in the evolution of Nietzsche thought.

The digital version of the catalogue, the facsimiles reproduction of all the pages, and all the philosophical commentaries will be published in the Nietzsche Source web site and will be freely available for all the community of Nietzsche Scholars in the world ( Nietzsche Source, edited by the Équipe Nietzsche, already published a facsimile edition of Nietzsche’s manuscripts, the digital version of the reference critical edition, and a newly founded international and multilingual Nietzsche journal. In year 2013, the website was used by more the 67.000 readers from 217 countries which consulted more then one million of pages.

Thanks to a specific contextualisation feature called Contexta, the Nietzsche Source website will allow the interlinking of Nietzsche private library with all existing material. In this way it will possible, for example, while reading the facsimile of a annotated page of a book from the private library, to switch to the relevant passage of the philosophical commentary, to the page of Nietzsche manuscripts in which Nietzsche copied his marginalia and finally to the textual places in the complete work in which Nietzsche finally published the considerations born in contact with his reading.


CNRS, ITEM CNRS, Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes

HB Ak. d. Wiss. - Nietzsche Komm. / Uni Freiburg, Deutsches Sem. II Forschungsstelle Nietzsche-Kommentar der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften. Deutsches Seminar II der Universität Freiburg

ANR grant: 230 173 euros
Beginning and duration: janvier 2016 - 36 mois


ANR Programme: Programme franco-allemand en Sciences humaines et sociales (FRAL) 2015

Project ID: ANR-15-FRAL-0001

Project coordinator:
Monsieur Paolo D'Iorio (CNRS, Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes)


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