22 - 23 March 2005
GEORGE V, King of Hanover (1819-1878) -- Ludwig NOLTE. Katalog der Privatbibliothek Seiner Majestät des Königs von Hannover. Hannover: Schlüter'sche Hofbuchdruckerei, 1858. [With:] Nachtrags-Katalog der Private-Bibliothek. Hannover, 1863.
Together 2 volumes, large 8o (260 x 162 mm). Original cloth (upper joint splitting) and original plain wrappers (defective).
The private library of the last King of Hanover who had been completely blind since the age of fourteen. His library consisted of that of his father, Ernest Augustus, brother of George IV of Great Britain, known in England as Duke of Cumberland, who became King of Hanover, as Queen Victoria could not, as a woman, succeed to that throne, and of several other inherited princely collections. But it was Ernest Augustus who had been the great bibliophile, and after the end of the Hanoverian kingdom in 1866 - it was annexed by Prussia - the library was entailed as "Ernst-August-Fideicommiss-Bibliothek," having been transferred, as the private property of the House of Hanover, to its seat at Gmünden in Austria. The most important books were sold in two sales in Hamburg in 1970 and 1971, but its full extent can only be judged from the 1858 and 1863 catalogues. Only a very limited number of copies were printed, as the use of the library was restricted to the royal family and the court. (2)
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