22 - 23 March 2005
HOHENDORF, Georg Wilhelm von (ca 1670-1719) -- Bibliotheca Hohendorfiana, ou Catalogue de la Bibliothàque de feu Monsieur George Guillaume Baron de Hohendorf, dans son vivant Colonel des Curassiers... de Sa Majesté Impériale & Catholique...& Commandant des Gardes à Chaval...(du) Prince Eugène de Savoye. The Hague: Abraham de Hondt, 1720.
Three volumes in one, 8o (174 x 105 mm). Early 19th century half calf, black morocco lettering piece (some wear).
Hohendorf was born in what was then Brandenburg as a Protestant, and became, after studying in Königsberg, personal page to the Elector Frederick III, soon to be the first King of Prussia as Frederick I. He entered the service of Prince Eugene of Savoy whose Adjudant General, envoy on secret diplomatic missions, friend and both advisor and competitor in the collecting of books he eventually became. His library was one of the outstanding of his time: he owned such early printed books as the 1462 Fust & Schöffer Bible on vellum, fifteen Grolier bindings (the Vienna Library owns only three more even to the present), a very complete collection of books from the Aldine Press, lotted in Vol. III of the catalogue under Nos. 2,831-2,953. On the advice of Prince Eugene of Savoy, Emperor Charles VI bought the library prior to the sale from the collector's widow for what is to-day the Austrian National Library. This purchase of 100,000 Guilders (according to Jöcher), formed as "Biblioteca Hohendorfiana," constitutes one of its major components.
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