Verzeichniss alter Druckdenkmale der Bibliothek des uralten Benediktiner-Stifts zum H. Mang in Füessen. Mit litterarischen Anmerkungen begleitet von Joseph Maria Helmschrott.

xxviii, 236, 123 pp. Two parts in one vol. Small 4to, somewhat later marbled boards with green paper spine & corners (corners a bit worn). Ulm: Stettin, 1790.

First edition of this catalogue of the 687 incunabula, arranged chronologically, in the library of the Benedictine monastery of St. Mang in Füssen in Bavaria, founded in the first half of the 9th century. The library building, in which the books were housed, was designed by Johann Jakob Herkomer (1652-1717), and is considered one of the most remarkable Baroque interiors in Bavaria.

This was an important collection of early printed books. After the secularization following the Napoleonic Wars, the monastery was dissolved and the library became the property of the princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein; the books are now in the library of the University of Augsburg.

The author, Helmschrott (1759-1836), was a Benedictine and librarian at St. Mang (or Magnus). He wrote this work in response to the considerable scholarly interest in the contents of the libraries of monasteries during the second half of the 18th century. Helmschrott’s notes are quite scholarly and detailed.

Very good copy. One preliminary leaf sprung but present.

❧ Besterman 5047. Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 323.

Price: $950.00

Item ID: 6666

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