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COBRES, Joseph Paul, von. Deliciae Cobresianae. J.P. Cobres Büchersammlung zur Naturgeschichte. Augsburg: Johann Andreas Brinhausser for the author, 1782.
2 volumes, 8o (211 x 144 mm). Engraved title-page in vol. I by J.F. von Göz. Mixed set: both volumes bound in slightly varying original German printed wrappers, uncut. Provenance: Vol. I: Klett & Franck (inscription on presentation leaf in first volume); Lambach Abbey (stamp on half-title and title), Vol. II: Augsburg City Library (stamp and release stamp).
Cobres's privately printed catalogue of his extensive natural history library is one of the first to describe an important library devoted to works on the natural sciences. It was catalogued by the collector himself, who was an Augsburg banker. The catalogue is arranged by subject, and its accurate collations make it still an important reference work today. Very much ahead of his time, Cobres's descriptions often include remarks on rarity and quality of a particular book. It had been believed that Cobres's collection was acquired by the Bavarian Academy of Science in 1808 (and therefore now in the Bavarian State Library); however, in 1827 the Augsburg bookseller Wilhelm Birett offered the library at fixed prices (see Jonathan Hill, Catalogue 60, 1991, no. 253). Peignot, p. 337; Petzoldt, p. 545; Taylor, p. 137. (2)
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