SAUBERT, Johann (1592-1646). Historia Bibliothecae Reip. Noribergensis ... Accessit ejusdem curâ & studio Appendix de Inventore Typographiae, itemque Catalogus librorum proximis ab inventione annis usque ad A.C. 1500. editorum. Nuremberg: Wolfgang Endter, 1643.
12o (114 x 62 mm). Collation: A-I12 K6 (A1r engraved frontispiece showing a view of the library's courtyard, A2r title, A2v dedication to Matthaeus Apelles, A5r verse in the author's praise, A7r oratio prior on library history, C9r oratio posterior on the library's rarest manuscripts and earliest and exotic printing, F2r appendix on the invention of typography by Fust and Gutenberg, Fust and Schoeffer's productions of the 1450's, and a chronological catalogue of the library's incunabula, K6v errata); inserted between A7 and A8 a fold-out engraved plate of four interior views of the library, which are commonly divided and inserted at D1, D10, E2 and E4. (Small owner's stamp erased from title, short tear in A3 mended.) Contemporary German orange-stained vellum binding (small defect to foot of spine).
FIRST EDITION of a history of the city library of Nuremberg, containing an inventory of over 900 fifteenth-century editions, THE FIRST PUBLISHED CATALOGUE OF INCUNABLES. As has recently been pointed out, Saubert's inventory has curiously still not been superseded for that particular collection (see P. Needham, "Counting Incunables," in: Huntington Library Quarterly v. 61, nos. 3-4 (2000), p. 457; also, S. Corsten, "Von Bernhard von Mallinckrodt zu Ludwig Hain," in: Gutenberg Jahrbuch 1955, 37-50). The author was Nuremberg's city librarian from 1637 until his death. His useful and only somewhat arbitrary decision to study and catalogue 15th-century printed books separately, as a specific field of interest, was soon followed by other bibliographers and will never be abandoned. FINE COPY. Breslauer & Folter 54.