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Kirchen Ordnung im Churfurstenthum der Marcken zu Brandenburg, wie man sich beide mit der Leer vnd Ceremonien halten sol. (Und) Cate(c)hismus oder kinder Predig, wie die in dem Churfurstenthumb der Margken zu Brandenburgk allenthalben gepredigt werden. (Und) Von dem gebrauch der heiligen Hochwirdigen Sacramenten, Auch von den ceremonien so darbey gehalten, vnd andern Kirchenvbungen, die in Unserm Churfurstenyhum vnd Landen abgethan, oder behalten werden sollen. (3 Theile).
Berlin, (Johann Weiss), 1540. 4to. Bound - presumably in 1933, for Hitler, when he was given it as a present - as a pastiche in a full pigskin over wood, profusely blindtooled with rolls and stamps in a perfect way imitating a typical contemporary German binding. Raised bands and blindtooled compartments. Double sewn headbands. With brass clasps and catches. Handwritten title on front edge. All leaves unnumbered. 68 (last blank),124,94 leaves. 3 large coat of arms of Markgraf von Brandenburg (on the two title-pages and on verso of the second) and one bischopric. Some large woodcut initials. The last part partly printed in red and black and many leaves with musical notes. The first part with a faint dampstain in inner lower margins, decreasing and with some headlines in old hand added in upper margins. A few contemporary underlinings and notes in the second part. Title-page to the second part with a hole in the paper in lower margin, no loss of letters. Some annotations on the title-pages. On the first title-page and on one of the last leaves a contemporary owners name: "Johannes Køppring". Internally clean and fine.On front free endpaper a printed linen-label (47 x 85 mm) "Privateigentum des Führers/ Nr.", under this is typed (after "Nr.") "556/27 - 1933 - Geschenk der Stadtbibliothek/ Lübeck dem Kanzler/ Adolf Hitler". As Hitler became Reichkanzler in 1933, this could indicate that he received the book as a gift when he was installed as Chancellor. In upper compartment the booknumber 556 is repeated in black letterpress. At the top of the number a monogram "GL", also in black. ¶ The extremely scarce first edition of the first Church Ordinance for Mark Brandenburg and is is also the FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN BERLIN. The printer Johann Weiss was called by the Marggraf to Berlin in 1539 to found the first bookpress here, and he received his privilege in 1540: "Geben mit unserm Secret besiegelt zu Coln an der Sprew Dinstag nach Jubilate, Im funffzehnhundersten und vierzigsten Jahr" (Begnadung und Befreyhung des Druckers, folio 1).An the library of Adolf Hitler: The first description of his private collection was published in 1942. Hitler's private books that were kept in the Reich Chancellery in Berlin were confiscated by the Soviets and sent to Moscow. Books in Munich and Berchtesgaden (as well as Hitler's Globe from Berchtesgaden) were taken as war booty by individual American soldiers. 3,000 were later discovered in a Berchtesgaden salt mine, and they were taken by the Library of Congress. As many books from Hitler's three locations were looted by American and Russian servicemen and soldiers in the vicissitudes of the destruction of the Third Reich, it is impossible to trace the offered item, but as it obviously is one of the most scarce and valuable books from Hitler's library, it is probably removed from the Reich Kanzellei in Berlin. "According to Beierl (Florian Beierl, the head of the Archive for the Contemporary History of the Obersalzberg, in Berchtesgaden), Hitler's Berghof experienced successive waves of looters: first local residents, then French and American soldiers, and eventually members of the U.S. Senate. Beierl showed me archival film footage (taken by the legendary World War II photographer Walter Rosenblum) of a delegation of American senators - Burton Wheeler, Homer Capehart, and Ernest McFarland - emerging from the Berghof ruins with books under their arms. "I doubt if they were taking them to the Library of Congress," Beierl said." (Timothy W. Ryback - see his "Hitler's forgotten Library" - www.Theatlantic.com).Brunet III, 666 and IX,179-80. - Graesse IV,20.
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