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The Polish National Fryderyk Chopin Institute has published a monograph by Mariola Wojtkiewicz dedicated to the history of the first house of the Chopin family.

Żelazowa Wola is the subject of many works, however, majority of them is not based on thorough and reliable research into the source material which causes spread of false information by yet more authors. The book Żelazowa Wola. Dzieje Domu Chopina  (en. Żelazowa Wola. History of the Chopin’s House) not only orders but also provides more details on the knowledge we have about the Composer’s birthplace. The author examined the preserved materials and on the basis of their analysis she reconstructs the history of the mansion from the moment is was purchased by Ludwika Skarbkowa until the present day. Thanks to her work many facts were confirmed and many unknown information came to light.

The book is divided into two parts. The historical part comprises the whole 19th century. It presents among others description of the mansion’s buildings, both suggested ("palace" of the Skarbek family) and those confirmed by the source material (Stary Dwór (en. Old Mansion), Oficyna (en. Back Premises)). The reader learns where exactly Fryderyk Chopin was born and finds out more details about the friendship between the Skarbkowie and the Chopin family. The author in her monograph systematized information about successive owners of the mansion.

The book in Polish is written in a nice, easy-to-read way and it contains rich illustrations attracting broader group of readers. 

Mansion in Żelazowa Wola

Mansion in Żelazowa Wola