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MENCKE, Otto (1644-1707) and Johann Burckhard (1674-1732) -- Bibliotheca Menckeniana, quae autores praecipue veteres Graecos et Lat. historiae item literariae, eccl. et civilis, antiquitatum ac rei nummariae scriptores, philologos, oratores, poetas et codices MSS. complectitur... Leipzig: Johann Friedrich Gleditsch & Son, 1723.
8o (173 x 100 mm). Engraved portrait fronstipiece of J.B. Mencke. Contemporary vellum (some light staining). Provenance: H. Frankenberg, M.D., Frankfurt (contemporary ownership inscription on title).
"The Menckeniana is a catalogue of a specialized library particularly interesting to students of history and the history of learning" (Taylor). It was open to the public. The library was created by Otto M. Mencke, Professor of Morals at Leipzig University and founder of the Acta Eruditorum, the first great German scholarly journal. Mencke bequeathed the library to his son Johann Burckhard, Professor of History at the same institution. The catalogue contains one of the earliest instances of a frontispiece portrait in a library catalogue, and of an index of authors at end. Folter 527; Taylor, p.7.
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