22 - 23 March 2005
FUGGER, Marcus (1529-1597) -- Bibliophile Kostbarkeiten a.d. Bibliothek des Augsburger Patriziers Marcus Fugger und Beiträge aus anderem Besitz. Munich: Karl & Faber, 1 May 1933-2 May 1935.
Four parts in one volume, 4o (250 x 182 mm). Plates. Green cloth. Provenance: Arthur Rau (bound for him, prices).
PRICED in parts II and III by Arthur Rau, printed price list for part II tipped-in. Marcus Fugger, member and, for a time, chief executive, of the celebrated Augsburg international banking and trading house, was one of the outstanding German Renaissance book collectors, often called "The German Grolier," as he had about fifteen large inlaid bindings "à la Grec" and fifty smaller bindings bound in Paris by Grolier's ateliers. Through the marriage of his grandson Marquard with a daughter of a Count of Öttingen his library became part of the already considerable library of that family. This sale contained all but six of the Fugger bindings which entered the library of the newly-founded University of Augsburg when, in 1981, it acquired the vast remaining portions of the Öttingen-Wallerstein Library. The last part of the sale contains about forty items from the celebrated Lasa Chess Library.
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