Merkwürdigkeiten der Fürstbischöflichen Residenzstadt Bamberg
Nuremberg, In der Grattenauerischen Buchhandlung (Ernst Christoph Grattenauer), 1799
Only edition of this work celebrating the treasures of Bamberg, commencing with a classified bibliography of publications about the city, an historical outline, a list of the productions of the local mint, accounts of the contemporary civic administration and state of commerce (including the papermaking, printing, book and print-selling trades). The author then turns eagerly to his principal subject, the “Kostbarkeiten” preserved within the churches and monasteries of Bamberg, by its university, and other secular institutions. Murr is interested particularly in the printed books in the Bamberg libraries: he tells us that the Dominicans possessed 214 incunables (a dozen are described) and the Carmelites 469 incunables (nearly one hundred are described). In a lengthy appendix, Murr lists the books he believes were printed at Bamberg during the fifteenth century, commencing with Ulrich Boner’s Der Edelstein, printed by Albrecht Pfister, on 14 February 1461 (Murr examined the copy at Wolfenbüttel, still the only one known: “Das Papier ist stark, nicht sonderlich weisz, und hat den Ochsenkopf zum Zeichen”); then the thirty-six line Bible, noting inter alia “P. Alexander bey den Capuzinern in Bamberg, hat neun Pergamentblätter von dieser angeblich Pfisterischen Bibel gesammlet” and “Auch ich hatte Fragmente davon von alten Einbänden” (p.261). This book is rare outside Germany: two copies are located in the United Kingdom by COPAC, and three copies only (Library of Congress, University of Chicago, Florida State University) in North America by the National Union Catalog and WorldCat.