An Early Institutional Library Catalogue

Catalogus Bibliothecae amplissimae Reipublicae Augustanae...Studio & opera Eliae Ehingeri.

Engraved vignette on title & woodcut printer’s device on verso of final leaf. Title printed in red & black. 2 p.l., 944 double columns, [31] leaves. Folio, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over wooden boards (binding a little wormed), orig. clasps & clatches. Augsburg: Typis J. Praetorii, 1633.

The second catalogue of the library of the Imperial City of Augsburg (the first catalogue appeared in 1600); both are very rare and this is a very early example of an institutional library catalogue. Augsburg was, after the Palatina, the most important public library in Germany and the present catalogue became a valuable reference tool for the contemporary scholar. About 11,000 books are listed. This edition was particularly valued for the careful transcriptions of the titles.

Our edition contains, for the first time, a catalogue of the library of Marcus Welser (1558-1614), who formed, with his great riches, an important humanistic collection of MSS. and books. His library was given to his native city of Augsburg upon his death.

The compiler of the catalogue, Elias Ehinger (1573-1653), was a professor of theology and chief of Augsburg’s library.

Fine, crisp, and fresh copy. Title a little dampstained and with some inoffensive worming. Late 17th-century inscription on title stating this was the gift of Christopher Bachler to the monastery of the Holy Cross in Augsburg. 19th-century stamp on title “Eigenthum der Stadt Augsburg.” Pencilled note on rear paste-down endpaper “Dubl 9250.” This is a rare book. Several bibliographers of the 18th century have stated that only 100 copies were printed.

❧ Peignot, p. 43̵“Ce catalogue est recherché; les titres des livres y sont rapportés avec exactitude.” Pollard & Ehrman, Table XXX.

Price: $9,500.00

Item ID: 6420

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