More than 9000 works that shape the way we think

Library of Humanistic Studies

How it all began
The begin of a great history
In 2008, the Bank acquired from the family of professor José Vitorino de Pina Martins (1920-2010) he's private library. Over decades of intense academic labor at home and abroad, Professor Pina Martins brought together one of Portugal's most important bibliographical collections. Professionally he promoted the study of the Renaissance's book and its texts.

The Collection in numbers
Included in this library are about 1100 rare books from which stands out the 8 incunabula, the 90 works printed by the humanist Aldo Manuzio and his successors, the 600 titles printed in the 16th century. The remaining bibliography of about 8600 volumes serves as a support for the study of classical texts and their themes.

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Horace (65-8 BC)

Works, Venice, Aldo Manuzio, 1501

Thomas More

Utopia, with an introductory text by Guillaume Budé, 1517

Garcilaso de la Vega

Works, Lisbon, Manoel de Lyra, 1587

Luís de Camões

Os Lusíadas [The Lusiads], commented by Manoel Correa, Lisbon, Pedro Craesbeeck, 1613

Letter of King Afonso V

Santarém, 21st April, 1462