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Bibliothecae inclytae Reipub. Augustanae - AUGSBURG CITY LIBRARY - 1600. [1275209]
[Compiled by Georg Henisch]. Typographical border round title (very slightly shaved at outer margin). 559 pp., [38] leaves. Agenda chancery 4to (303 x 96 mm.), cont. pigskin-backed wooden boards (smallish stain to first two leaves, one wooden corner chipped), orig. clasps & catches. Augsburg: V. Schönigk, 1600. A wonderfully well-preserved copy, from the private collection of Helmuth Domizlaff, of the second earliest catalogue of an institutional library (preceded only by the extremely rare catalogue of the Leyden University Library in 1595). 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. Our catalogue of the library of the Imperial City of Augsburg is one of the rarest of the great institutional library catalogues and certainly, from the point of view of its format, one of the strangest. It was printed in the very unusual agenda format, probably for ease of carrying (it would fit in a deep pocket). While it has been speculated that some copies were also printed in quarto size, I do not believe any such example exists. Archer Taylor wrote, in his Book Catalogues, regarding this catalogue, "it is said to have been printed in one hundred copies only" (p. 94). Augsburg's library "must have been one of the most important public libraries in the Europe of its time: many thousand works by over 4,000 authors are accurately described and arranged according to first names. It must have represented a valuable reference tool for the contemporary scholar."-Grolier Club, Bibliography, 41. Both books and manuscripts are described. The author index at end, arranged by first name, is extremely advanced and includes authors of secondary texts, editors, etc. Georg Henisch (1549-1618), philologist and mathematician, studied medicine at Basel and went to Augsburg as professor of logic and mathematics. He served as head of the medical school, president of the city's gymnasium, and librarian of the Augsburg City Library. He was a highly esteemed scholar of the time as an editor of Greek texts and as an astronomer. Very fine copy, in fresh condition. Rather taller than the Breslauer copy (288 mm.). Contemporary ownership inscription of Joseph Anthony Rauch, dated 1733. ? Peignot, pp. 42-43-"Ce volume a la hauteur d'un in-folio, mais il n'a que la moitié de la largeur; voilà pourquoi on l'appele dimidiatum volumen." Pollard & Ehrman, Table XXX. Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 45.
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