22 - 23 March 2005
BRUNSWICK-LÜNEBURG-WOLFENBÜTTEL, Elisabeth Sophie Marie, Duchess of -- Georg Ludolph Otto KNOCH (1705-1783). Historisch-Critische Nachrichten von der Braunschweigischen Bibelsammlung Erster Band [all published] so das erste bis zehnte Stück nebst einem Anhang und doppleten Register enthält. Wolffenbüttel: Johann Christoph Meissner, - 1754.
8o (170 x 105 mm). Contemporary half-vellum (rear hinge partly split). Provenance: Contemporary inscription on front fly-leaf as well as some marginal notes.
Complete with its ten parts, index and separately printed general title. Each part (except the first) of this this important catalogue of the collection of bibles from duchess Elisabeth Sophie Marie of Braunschweig, widow to duke August-Wilhelm of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, is preceded by an index. Described in detail are 173 bibles, mostly from the 16th to the 18th century. The last two parts however are almost entirely devoted to manuscripts and incunable editions, including a copy of the 36 line bible (no. 123), later stolen by Napoleonic troups and now in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and an imperfect copy of the Gutenberg bible (no. 122).
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