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.
Vienna, W. Frick / Verlag des Comités zur Feier d. 400jähr. Einführung d. Buchdruckerkunst in Wien, 1883-1887
Two volumes (31 cm), I (1482-1682): xvi, 404 pp., colour frontispiece, numerous plates in colour, and text illustrations. II (1682-1882; Nachtrag): viii, 423 pp., numerous plates (some in colour), and text illustrations. Contemporary linen-backed boards. - Still the authoritative work on Viennese printing. Descriptive notices of the presses active from 1482 to 1682 are followed by lists of their productions, enumerating in all 2232 titles, excluding works which had been listed by Michael Denis (Wiens Buchdruckergeschichte bis MDLX, 1782-1793), and works of minor importance published after 1640; 401 are titles of works issued 1482-1560, not recorded by Denis. ¶ Provenance: E.P. Goldschmidt & Co. Ltd, London (Catalogue 95, 1951, item 261); L’Art Ancien, Zurich (occasional pencil inscription of Erwin Rosenthal), from the auction sale of L’Art Ancien’s Handbibliothek, conducted by F. Zisska & R. Kistner, Munich, 27-28 March 1984, lot 1514. Spine of volume I abraded; otherwise an excellent, unmarked copy.
Five volumes (25 cm), I (A-D, 1937): iv, 446 pp. II (E-K, 1939): pp.450-887. III (L-R, 1945): pp.890-1310. IV (S-Z, 1955): pp.1314-1644 (2). V (1960): 546 pp. Volumes I-IV uniformly bound in publisher’s cloth; volume V in publisher’s printed wrappers. - Ritter’s monumental catalogue of books printed in Strasbourg was conceived in four parts: two parts covering the 16th century (books in the Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg; books recorded elsewhere), and two parts covering the previous period (incunabula in BNUS, published 1938; and Strasbourg incunabula recorded elsewhere, 1960). Offered here are the volumes registering the 16th imprints. ¶ Evidently a publisher’s reissue of the 1960s or 1970s, substantially original sheets, with some quires reprinted. Attractive set.
(25 cm), x (2), 182 pp. 332 catalogue entries. Publisher’s blue cloth (no just jacket issued). - The annals of eight printers and of their successors, including Eucharius Cervicornus, Christian Egenolff, and Hans Lufft. “Unchanged photomechanical reprint of the edition Marburg, 1892”. Publisher’s retail price €56 (www.brill.com; link). ¶ As new.
(24 cm), 87 (1) pp., 23 illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - One of the most interesting printers of the German Renaissance, who started the first printing press at Oppenheim. 400 copies issued. ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.
Two volumes (23 cm), viii, 1224 pp.; 141 pp. Publisher’s blue cloth, printed dust jacket (vol. 1); publisher’s blue cloth (no dust jacket distributed).
Offered with Proctor (Robert), An index of German books 1501-1520 in the British Museum (Holland Press Bibliographies, 3). London: Holland Press, 1954. - Facsimile reprint of the 1903 edition. ¶ Excellent copies.
(32 × 25 cm), iv, 90 pp., 82 illustrations. Publisher’s cloth binding. - List of editions issued by Hans Lufft at Wittenberg (1523-1583) and Königsberg (1549-1553). Facsimile reprint of the second edition (Leipzig: Karl W. Hiersemann, 1923). Publisher’s retail price €56 (www.brill.com; link). ¶ Binding cloth spotted along bottom edge and spine; internally fresh.
(30 cm), various pagings, illustrations. Bound in red buckram, a collector’s binding. - A bibliography enumerating 779 publications. Off-prints from (1) Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens, volume 47, 1965, pp.1909-2129 (also in Börsenblatt für den Deutschen Buchhandel, Frankfurter Ausgabe, Nr. 77, 28 September 1965) and from (2) Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens, volume 51, 1966, pp.553-677 (Börsenblatt für den Deutschen Buchhandel, Frankfurter Ausgabe, Nr. 24, 25 March 1966). ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.
(29.5 cm), ix, 93 pp., 20 illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Annals of the printers Johann Weyssenburger (1513-1533), Georg Apianus (1531-1548), Martin Apianus (1548-1580), and of the Apianus press in Ingolstadt (1526-1540). Facsimile reprint of Mainz 1930 edition (Veröffentlichungen der Gutenberg-Gesellschaft, 21). Publisher’s retail price €45 (www.brill.com; link). ¶ As new.
(31 cm), viii, 238 pp. 35 illustrations. Publisher’s grey cloth. - Describes the production of about twenty presses (1132 entries). First edition in book form, superseding accounts published by the author in Börsenblatt für den Deutschen Buchhandel and Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens, in 1966-1967. 1184 books are described. Publishers' retail price €85 (www.brill.com; link). ¶ As new.
(21 cm), 57 pp., illustrations. 115 entries. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The annals of Nikolaus Marschalk (1502-1503), Hermann Trebelius (1504-1505), Wolfgang Stöckel (1504-1606), Symphorian Reinhart (1509-1512, 1525-1527), and Johannes Rhau-Grunenberg (1508-1517). Revised edition, with the addition of an index, of the author’s “Wittenberger Drucke von 1502 bis 1517” (from Das Antiquariat, Jg. XVII, 1964, pp.153-157; Jg. XIX, 1966, pp.220-226). 750 copies printed. ¶ As new
(24 cm), 140 pp. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Describes the production of nine printers active in Hagenau: Henri Gran (213 editions), Thomas Anshelm (114), Jean Setzer (183), Setzer’s heirs (31), Pierre Braubach (34), Amandus Farckall (10), Guillaume Seltz (14), Valentin Kobian (33) and Sigmund Bund (3). “Édition augmentée de la 15e livraison du Répertoire bibliographique des livrés imprimés en France au seizième siècle” (title-page verso). Publisher’s retail price €52 (www.koernerverlag.de). ¶ Superior copy in new condition.
Three volumes (24-25 cm), I: 347 pp. II: 379 pp. III: pp.380-747. Volume 1 in publisher’s wrappers; volumes 2-3 in publisher’s blue cloth. - Benzing’s indispensable bibliography of 2078 Strasbourg imprints of the 16th century, organised by author (A-Z). The two companion volumes by Jean Muller reorganise the same data according to printer. Publisher’s retail price €360 (www.koernerverlag.de). ¶ Superior set in new condition.