Description of a Praemonstratensian Monastic Library
Historische Beschreibung der vom Anton Maulbertsch… am Bibliothekgewölbe der königlichen Prämonstratenserordens-Kanonie, am Berge Sion zu Prag, im Jahre 1794, in einem zusammenhangenden Platfond in Fresko dargestellten Kalkmahlerey
Prague, Barbara Elsenwanger for Anton Petzold, 1797
A description of the painted decoration of the so-called “philosophy library” of Strahovský Klášter, the Premonstratensian monastery on the Petřín hill in Prague, written by its Abbot, who had contracted the work in 1793. The frontispiece is a view of the hall (32m long, 10m wide, 14m high) showing its imposing walnut bookcases and a portion of the ceiling, painted in 1794 by Franz Anton Maulbertsch assisted by Martin Michl. An edition of the work in Latin was also published by Petzold in 1797. Our German version is a scarce book: only eight copies can be located (a copy once in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, is reported lost).