22 - 23 March 2005
BRUNSWICK-LÜNEBURG-WOLFENBÜTTEL Elisabeth Sophia Maria, Duchess of -- Georg Ludolph KNOCH. Bibliotheca Biblicae, das ist Verzeichnis der Bibel-Sammlung welche die... Fürstinn Elisabeth Sophia Maria, erst verwittwete Herzogin zu Braunschweig und Lüneburg... gesammelt. Brunswick: Privately Printed, 1752.
4o (218 x 181 mm). Engraved frontispiece by J.G. Schmidt after A.A. Beck, showing the interior of the Duchess's library, surmounted by her and Luther's portrait. Contemporary plain boards (some chipping to spine and corners); cloth folding case.
Catalogue of one of the finest 18th-century Bible collections, comprising 840 printed editions and 9 manuscript Bibles, formed by Elizabeth Sophia Maria Duchess of Brunswick. "She concentrated on Bibles, and amassed a truly magnificent collection, which was housed in the ducal castle at Brunswick. She employed Georg Ludolph Otto Knoch to make a tabulated list of these Bibles, which is admirably laid out in five columns across the page, giving first the number of the book in the collection, then the description (including size and condition), the date, the place of printing, and the printer's name. The layout clearly impressed contemporaries, for it was imitated in Andrew Ducarel's bibliography of Bibles printed at London in 1777. The duchess certainly took an interest in the work, because she inscribed the Broxbourne copy to the bibliographer David Clement" (Pollard & Ehrman). Besterman 755; Pollard & Ehrman 335.
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