A revised edition of the author’s Nachrichten von Franckfurter Künstlern und Kunst-Sachen (Frankfurt am Main 1780), containing in its first part biographical notices of Frankfurt painters, printmakers, sculptors, architects, goldsmiths, and other craftsmen, and in the “Anhang” extensive descriptions of local public and private collections, together with a list of engraved portraits of Frankfurt artists. Hüsgen dedicates the new edition to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, cites one of Goethe’s etchings (”Landschaft mit altem Turm”, 1769), and in the appendix describes the collections in the family home (”bey Frau Rath Goehte, auf dem grosen Hirschgraben”) and mentions nine engraved portraits of Goethe. Although copies are in the principal German libraries, the book is not widely held elsewhere.
Thirty-seven volumes (27 cm), uniformly bound in half-morocco (a collector’s binding). - Original edition of this magisterial dictionary of artists, “a milestone for scholarly biographical art publishing” (Dictionary of Art Historians). It was started by Ulrich Thieme in 1898, with the intention of continuing a similar enterprise undertaken by Julius Meyer in 1872, which had ceased after three volumes. Becker withdrew from the project in 1910, owing to ill health; volumes 3-13, were edited by Thieme alone; volumes 14-15 by Thieme jointly with Frederick Charles Willis (b. 1883); and volumes 16-36 were edited by Hans Vollmer (1878-1969). Until 1921, when the Deutsche Verein für Kunstwissenschaft took over the project, it was financed entirely from Thieme and Becker’s private resources. Contact with more than 300 contributors was maintained despite the disruption of two World Wars; incredibly, three volumes were issued during the second War. A British air raid in 1944 destroyed the remaining stock of copies and ever since good sets of the original edition have been difficult to procure. ¶ Fine set.
Twenty-five volumes (23 cm), uniformly bound in burgundy cloth, backs lettered in gilt, green paper endleaves. - Facsimile reprint of the edition 1835-1852. ¶ From the reference library of Fiametta Olschki-Witt; sale by Bloomsbury Book Auctions, London, 5 October 1995, lot 135: £340. Some shelf-wear; a clean, unmarked and bright set.
Three volumes (25.5 cm), I (A-C, ): 307 (3) pp. II (D-M, 1959): 277 (1) pp. III (N-Z, 1960): 256 (2) pp. Illustrations (included in pagination). Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Supplements Carlo Frati’s Dizionario bio-bibliografico dei bibliotecari e bibliofili italiani (Florence 1933). Title-page of volume I misdated “1952”. ¶ Edition limited to 333 numbered copies, of which this is no. 244 (”numerati solo nel primo volume”). Spines lightly soiled, a few spots on wrappers. Excellent set.
Two volumes (24 cm), I: vii, 1503. II: 528 pp. Publisher’s cloth, dust jackets. - Part I is a reprint of the 1906 edition; part II is a reprint of the 1961 edition. ¶ Ownership inscription in ink on endpaper in each volume; otherwise a clean, unmarked set. Dust jackets soiled and torn, with significant losses.
Six volumes in five (22.5 cm), I: xxviii, 1088 pp. II: viii, 1121 pp. III: iv, 1144 pp. IV: iv, 1156 pp. V: vi, 436, 110 pp. Uniform publisher’s cloth. - “An unsurpassed reference work of permanent value, to identify artists who sign themselves only by their monogram or similar device. Literally thousands of them were book illustrators, hence the work’s importance for books. Nagler begins by giving an exact facsimile of the monogram(s); this is followed by the artist’s name, his biography and then a list of his works, frequently including a complete bibliography of books illustrated by him. Arrangement is alphabetical. The total number of main entries is 14,961; the number of monogram facsimiles must be well over 30,000” (publisher’s advertisement). Facsimile reprint of the Munich 1858 edition (vol. 5, index: Munich, G. Franz, 1879). Publisher’s retail price (for a subsequent reimpression, in 1991) €512 (www.brill.com; link). ¶ As new.
Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1980
(24.5 cm), xvi, 562 pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - A biographical dictionary of the 474 theologians who received the doctorate in Paris between 1500 and 1536, containing, where possible, lists of their works in all known editions. Using post mortem inventories and other documentation, Farge is able to describe the libraries owned by some of these theologians. ¶ Wrapper lightly finger-marked; otherwise a good, unmarked copy.
(23.5 cm), xlv (1), 636 pp. Publisher’s blue cloth (no dust jacket issued). - An invaluable index of almost 50,000 individual biographies of Italian authors contained in some 387 bio-bibliographical dictionaries, local histories, etc. Facsimile reprint of the edition Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1947 (an edition printed by Hoepli in Spring 1943 had been completely lost during an aerial bombardment). ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
(24 × 27 cm), xxiv, 284 pp., 69 full-page plates, 131 figures/illustrations throughout text. Publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - “The most complete, the most scrupulously researched, and certainly the most beautiful book on the art of the French calotype… The amount of new information is extraordinarily rich - so much so that obscure and virtually forgotten photographers can no longer be ignored”. “The plates are quite simply marvellous. Printed on acid-free paper, they exude all the distinctive mystique of the calotype” (quotations from a review by Ronald Pickvance, in The Burlington Magazine, volume 126, 1984, pp.365-366). ¶ Dust jacket shelf worn. Excellent, unmarked copy.
Toronto, Buffalo & London, University of Toronto Press, 1985-1987
Three volumes (25.5 cm), I (1985): xiv, 462 pp. II (1986): xii, 490 pp. III (1987): xii, 503 pp. Uniform publisher’s pictorial cloth bindings (no dust jackets issued). - First edition. “Offers biographical information about the more than 1900 people mentioned in the correspondence and works of Erasmus who died after 1450 and were thus approximately his contemporaries.” ¶ Edges of the bindings lightly rubbed; otherwise a very good, unmarked set
Millwood, London & Schaan, Print Council of America / Kraus International Publications, 1988
(27 cm), xlv, 834 pp. Publisher’s brown cloth. - “This massive work of reference is an invaluable aid to print scholarship” (from a review by Antony Griffiths, in Print Quarterly, volume 2, 1985, pp.55-58). ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.