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PALM, Count Karl-Joseph (1698-1770) -- Verzeichniss von Handschriften und Büchern aus verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Fächern welche...an die Meistbietenden... versteigert werden sollen. Regensberg: Augustin, for Sebold [I-V] and Schmidt [VI-XII], 1811-1820, first sale 13 January 1812.
12 volumes, 8o (163 x 105 mm). Uniformly bound in early 19th-century grey boards. Provenance: J.J. Anderhub (bookplate).
Together 25,332 lots. Series of sale catalogues of "one of the richest and most precious libraries ever collected by a private person in Germany, the count of blessed memory who until 1770 bought it together at incredible cost, even from the most distant regions of Europe" (preface to Part XII states). Count Karl-Joseph Palm of the Austrian family of Palm-Gundelfingen (see Wurzbach) who was minister plenopotentiary to the Imperial Diet of Regensburg, raised to the rank of Count in 1750. The library remained in Regensburg and was inherited by his son who had it sold locally; the title-pages of Parts III-XII of the catalogue variously describe it as "Fürstlich Palmisch Bibliothek" or "Bücherschatz" though Part II has the Latin title "Bibliothecae...quam...quondam comes de Palm collegerat, particula." Each part is alphabetically arranged under authors' names. A special section at the end of Part IV lists the volumes of engravings, of which the components are separately listed and numbered. Parts VII and IX-XII have short appendices listing separately numbered books that remained unsold in preceding parts; VII & VIII reoffer books bought, but obviously not paid for by the infamous Magister Tinius who robbed travellers in order to obtain the means to buy books. (12)
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