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Bibliotheca Instituta et Collecta Primum - GESNER, Conrad - 1574. 
â¦deinde in Epitomen redacta & novorum Librorum accessiones locupletata, iam vero postremo recognita, & in duplum post priores editiones aucta, per Josiam Simlerumâ¦ Woodcut printer's device on title. 6 p.l. (last a blank), 691,  pp. Thick folio, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over wooden boards (a few wormholes throughout; pp. 155-242 with a worm trench in lower margin, never touching the text), orig. clasps & catches. Zurich: C. Froschauer, 1574. Second edition of Gesner's Bibliotheca Universalis, issued for the first time with this title, and edited by the author's younger friend, Josias Simler (1530-76). Our edition has been greatly enlarged and revised; it now includes approximately 35,000 titles. "Gessner's Bibliotheca universalis is not only a bibliography in the true sense of the term, nor is it merely a more or less comprehensive description of books, listing title, place and date of publication, and publisher. What distinguishes this work over and against the later extracts (Epitomes) and makes it a unique document of the Renaissance resides in the indications relating to the work, life, and significance of the individual authors. The Bibliotheca is, e.g. in the case of Zwingli, Calvin, and Gessner himself, even today a biographical source of considerable value. Thus the Bibliotheca may be seen also as a work of universal biography, a lexicon of writers, such as had never previously existedâ¦"-Hans Fischer, "Conrad Gesner (1516-1565) as Bibliographer and Encyclopedist" in The Library, 5th Series, Vol. XXI (1966), pp. 269-81. In spite of the worming, a rather nice and crisp copy. First fourteen leaves with light marginal dampstaining, not touching the text. From the library of Detlef Mauss. ? Besterman, The Beginnings of Systematic Bibliography, pp. 15-21. Grolier Club, Bibliography, 14-(1st ed. of 1545). Printing & the Mind of Man 73-(1st ed.). Wellisch A 16.5.a-d.
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