An Important Private Library formed by

Two Female Danish Bibliophiles

Det Danske Bibliotek Eller Fortegnelse paa Alle de Danske Skrifter, som ere trykte baade inden og uden Lands, fra det første Bogtrykkerier kom i stand i Dannemark, indtil sidst i forige Seculo, hvilcke alle findes samlede i det Danske Bibliotek Som dend...Frøk. Karen Brahe...Patronesse for det Adelige Jomfrue-Kloster i Othense...

8 p.l., 193 pp. Small 4to, cont. sheep-backed patterned paper over thin wooden boards (three corners a little rounded, slight browning due to the quality of the paper). Copenhagen: P.J. Phoenixberg, 1725.

First edition of the very rare catalogue of the private library commenced by Anne Gøye (1601-81). Upon her death, the collection was passed on to her daughter-in-law Karen Brahe (1657-1736) who continued to make additions. The collection — one of the greatest of the early Danish private libraries — remains intact in the Landesarchiv at Odense and contains many unique Danish imprints and other rarities.

The present catalogue describes about 2000 titles. For full accounts of the history of the formation of this library see Victor Madsen, “Karen Brahes Bibliotek i Odense” in Nordisk Tidskrift för Bok- och Bibliotheksräsen, 6 (1919), (Isak Collijn, ed.), pp. 171-85 and Nielsen, Danske Privatbiblioteker, I (1946), pp. 96-123.

Very good copy, preserved in a box. Two bookplates including one of Dorin Larsen.

❧ Callmer & Nielsen, eds., Bibliotheken der Nordischen Länder in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, p. 5.

Price: $7,500.00

Item ID: 4924

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