Bibliotheca Librorum Rariorum Universalis. Oder vollständiges Verzeichniss rarer Bücher, aus den besten Schriftstellern mit Fleiss zusammen getragen und aus eigener vieljährigen Erfahrung vermehret…. Johann Jacob BAUER.

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Bibliotheca Librorum Rariorum Universalis. Oder vollständiges Verzeichniss rarer Bücher, aus den besten Schriftstellern mit Fleiss zusammen getragen und aus eigener vieljährigen Erfahrung vermehret…

Four vols. & three supplement vols. 8vo, cont. marbled boards (extremities a little worn), orange vellum lettering pieces on spines. Nuremberg: M.J. Bauer, 1770-71-71-72-74-74-91.

First edition of this bibliographical catalogue of rare books, compiled by Bauer (1706-72), a bookseller in Nuremberg. It has many of the characteristics of the other such German compilations of the 18th century: it is arranged alphabetically with a prefatory discussion on the nature and causes of rarity in books and lists primarily Protestant theology, the Greek and Latin classics, a good selection of historical and geographical writings, and, except for books in Italian, a rather small proportion of belles-lettres.

Petzholdt (p. 114), as always, has a complaint: in this book the author uses “rarus, rarissimus, albo corvo rarior, infrequentissimus, paucissimis incognitus” too frequently. As a fellow bookseller, I forgive our author (and the odds are he knew what he was talking about). Approximately 20,000 titles are described.

Very good set. Gift bookplate of Robert Mason to Queen’s College, Oxford with their release stamp.

❧ Besterman 909. Taylor, Catalogues of Rare Books, p. 53.

Price: $1,500.00

Item ID: 6301

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