SPITZEL, Theophil (1639-1691) & Gabriel (d. 1705). Catalogus Bibliothecae a...dum viveret...Theophilo Spitzelio...olim collectae; et a filio haer...Gabriel Spitzelio...auctoris redditae; nunc venum prostantis apud hujus viduam & haeredes Augustae Vind. anno MDCCV. [Augsburg]: Andreas Maschenbauer, 1705.
2o (342 x 218 mm). (Small marginal patch on title, some chipping and dustsoiling to uncut edges.) Early nineteenth-century brown sprinkled paper wrappers, entirely uncut (spine perished, worn); black cloth folding case.
"The earliest example I know of an inventory sale in Germany is the library of Theophilus Spitzel and his son Gabriel at Augsburg in 1705...It is, unusually, a folio and in double columns but without printed prices...It is clear that this is not an auction...buyers had to go to the Spitzel residence, and pay the price fixed or bargain for the books" (Pollard & Ehrman who had obviously not seen a copy). This is the catalogue of the vast library of Theophil Spitzel and his son Gabriel, both pastors of the church of St. James in Augsburg, and prolific writers on theological subjects. Although the catalogue has only 3,714 lots, many of these contain numerous books and pamphlets individually listed, so that the library must have contained, at a rough guess, more than ten to twelve thousand titles. In 1708 a supplement in 12mo was issued, containing 3,708 numbers, with prices, but probably including books not sold through the 1705 catalogue, of which Loh records a single copy, in Berlin. Neither Jöcher nor ADB mention the Spitzel library which must have been one of the largest of its kind in the whole of Germany. Taylor pp. 181, 263 (recording only the BL and Bodleian copies, and his own, lacking the title [now in the Newberry Library]).