Bibliotheca Rinckiana, seu Supellex Librorum tam Impressorum, quam Mstorum, quos per Omnia Scientiarum Genera collegit …cum Praefatione Adami Friderici Glafey…accedit Index locupletissimus.

Engraved frontis. [72] (incl. frontis.), 1048, [285] pp. Thick 8vo, cont. grey paste-paper boards (one corner a little jammed). Leipzig: Widow of B.C. Fritsch, [Preface dated 1747].

The very rare sale catalogue of the large and important library formed by one of the great collectors of 18th-century Germany. Rink (1670-1746), professor of law and history at the University of Altdorf, was one of the leading international lawyers of his time and an active writer in the areas of his specialties. He formed several outstanding collections, including one of medals (a catalogue of which was published in 1766), a natural history cabinet, and an outstanding library.

The present catalogue contains 8673 lots but many of the lots are comprised of large quantities of books (sometimes fifty or more in a lot), each described. Archer Taylor in his Book Catalogues (p. 13) praises the quality of the descriptions in this catalogue — equal to any private library catalogue of the time — and, indeed, they are very well done, with full transcriptions of titles and, oftentimes, with learned annotations. There is a very full index of 285 pages at the end. The library is predictably rich in law and history.

Fine copy of a book for which we have been searching for many years.

❧ A.D.B., 28, pp. 645-46. Loh, G., Verzeichniss der Kataloge von Buchauktionen und Privatbibliotheken aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum, Vol. 2, p. 125. Taylor, Book Catalogues, pp. 13 & 258.

Price: $5,000.00

Item ID: 1952