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Iter Italicum: accedunt alia itinera; on CD-ROM; A Database of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and Other Libraries. Comp. Paul Oskar Kristeller. Windows version. Leiden [et.al.]: Brill, 1995. 1 CD-ROM + Manual (39 p.). ISBN 90-04-10122-5: Hfl. 1837.50

After more than three decades, Paul Otto Kristeller has completed the sixth and final volume of his Iter Italicum: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanistic Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and Other Libraries. This index has received high praise from historians and philologists ever since the appearance of volume 1 in 1963. Optimal use of the present CD-ROM version presumes a basic knowledge of the content, structure, and peculiarities of the printed version on the part of the user.

The work is an index of humanistic manuscripts of the Renaissance, listed and decribed in great detail and complete with shelf marks in their holding libraries. Volumes 1 and 2 cover Italian libraries; volumes 3-5 the other countries, from Australia to Yugoslavia. Volume 6 is a supplement to all previous volumes. According to Kristeller's own foreword, the works listed are "primarily philosophical, scholarly, and literary manuscripts in Latin that were copied during the period between 1300 and 1600 and contain the writings of scholars who were active during that period." He has purposely avoided redundancy with other manuscript catalogs, creating a finding aid to manuscripts which have not been catalogued or to which there is otherwise no adequate access.

The basic structure of the print as well as the CD-ROM versions is the alphabetical list of countries, cities, and within these, libraries. For the CD-ROM version, the data were not scanned, but retyped for the sake of accuracy. A chief criticism of the paper version as well as the CD-ROM is the unfortunate lack of adequate subject indexing. Indexes are provided only for authors and other persons. One goal of the CD-ROM version which was truly met was its attempt to provide a user-friendly interface with the text of the massive printed edition. Both Windows and DOS versions of the CD-ROM are available, but the Windows version is by far the superior of the two. [bm/tk]


Gesamtindex mittelalterlicher Handschriftenkataloge: Kumulation der Register der seit 1945 in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland erschienenen Handschriftenkataloge [Union Index of Medieval Manuscript Catalogs: Cumulation of Indexes Published in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1945]. Ed. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin . . . with Bernd Michael. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1995. 24 Microfiches 1:48 + booklet. ISBN 3-447-03746-6: DM 198.00

The work for this union index to German medieval manuscript catalogs was begun in 1978 by the Department of Latin Philology and Medieval Studies at Freiburg University and continued in 1992 by the State Library of Berlin (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz). This work resulted in an online database, Handschriften des Mittelalters, and in the 1995 microfiche edition discussed here. The microfiche edition will most likely be the last of its kind; future updates are expected to be made online only. The microfiche edition is an index to the indexes of 130 printed manuscript catalogs published in the German Federal Republic since 1945 (the 1988 Freiburg edition indexed 40 catalogs less). Unfortunately, the microfiche edition does not index any of the catalogs compiled in the German Democratic Republic (they will be included in a future online version). The union index to the catalogs has an incipit index and includes a combined name, place, and subject index. There are some inconsistencies in the name entries, as no standard or authoritative name forms are used, and cross references from one form of a name to other variants are sometimes missing. In spite of a number of problems such as these, the production of this work reflects a monumental effort. The index will be extremely useful to anyone trying to locate a manuscript by incipit or by a vague reference to an author's name. [mr/ba]


Verzeichnis der im deutschen Sprachbereich erschienenen Drucke des XVI. Jahrhunderts: VD 16 [Catalogue of 16th Century German Publications]. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel with Irmgard Bezzel. Stuttgart: Hiersemann. 34 cm. ISBN 3-7772-8318-5

Pt. 1. Verfasser, Körperschaften, Anonyma [Authors, Organizations, Anonyma]

Vol. 22. Wel-Zy; Einführung in die Benützung [. . .; User's Guide] by Irmgard Bezzel; Index of locations. 1995. lv, 654 p. ISBN 3-7772-9524-8: DM 340.00

After 12 years of work, volume 22 completes the first (and main) part of this union catalog of 16th-century imprints published in Germanspeaking areas. The first part lists imprints alphabetically by either author, corporate author, or anonymous author. Unfortunately, this final volume does not indicate the total number of entries listed in the catalog, nor does it outline future work it will take to complete this project. (To find this information one needs to turn to an article by Andreas Kühne, published in the Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie 41 (1994), no. 1, p. 32-59.) A supplement is planned with the help of an electronic database. Part 2 was to list the entries by additional names and literary contributors and part 3 by place of printing, printers, and publishers, but it now seems that these parts will be realized merely as indexes (with short title entries, one hopes) to the main work and to the supplement. [sb/ba]


Bibliographie zum Schrifttum des 16. Jahrhunderts: mit einem Verzeichnis der wesentlichen Buchbestände des 16. Jahrhunderts in deutschen Bibliotheken und Archiven. [Bibliography of 16th Century Writing: With an Index to Significant 16th Century Collections in German Libraries and Archives]. Comp. Andreas Kühne. München: Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, 1995. xviii, 330 p. 21 cm. (Materialien zur Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, 1; Münchener Universitätsschriften) ISBN 3-89241-017-8: DM 29.80, DM 25.00 (subscription) (Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften der Universität München, Museumsinsel 1, D-80306 München)

This bibliography is the result of a study conducted at the library of the University of Munich into the future of VD 16 (see record above, RREO 96-2/3-132). It lists bibliographies and printed catalogs of holdings of 16th-century imprints at 749 German libraries, archives, and museums. Additional bibliographies are incorporated into the listing as well. The main part arranges 1305 entries in alphabetical order by author or title. The indexes were prepared electronically. They cover authors and editors, other personal names (including printers), place names, and subject key words. The work does not explain how the entries were selected; some important titles are missing, while one wonders why some others were included. The way titles are listed is not always systematic, and titles are not annotated. It is apparent that this bibliography is the byproduct of an otherwise internal study. It should have been thoroughly revised before publication. [sab&sh/ba]


Catalogue des ouvrages du fonds français 1601-1850 conservés dans la "Founders' Library", Université du Pays de Galles, Lampeter [Catalog of the French Collections, 1601-1850, in the Founders' Library, University of Wales, Lampeter]. Ed. D. J. Culpin with the collaboration of Philippe Parker. With an index of incunables and of the editions of the sixteenth century edited by Trevor Peach. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1996. 797 p. 26 cm. ISBN 0-7083-1320-5: £50.00

This is a catalog of selections from the collection of imprints at the Founders' Library, a library within the University Library of Wales. The total collection, which comprises about 35,000 volumes, was built on the private library of Thomas Burgess (1757-1837). The catalog describes 1,423 titles (about 3,200 volumes). The imprints included are either partially or completely written in French, or were published in France, or are the works of French authors. Imprints listed were printed between 1601 and 1850. The collection does not focus on any particular subject. It includes church histories, books on the sciences and arts, and travel accounts. The collection contains a number of valuable imprints as well as some rare editions, not even found in the Bibliothèque Nationale or the British Library. The description for each title includes a short title followed by complete bibliographic information and a detailed annotation. Various cross reference indexes are included. An appendix describes five incunabula and 191 16th-century imprints. The detailed descriptions of the titles listed make this a valuable catalog. [es&sh/ba]


Catalogue des livres du XVIe siècle, 1501-1600, conservés dans le fonds ancien municipal de Montbrison [Catalogue of 16th-Century (1501-1600) Books in the Old Municipal Collections of Montbrison]. Bibliothèque de la Diana: Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, Institut Claude Longeon Renaissance - Age Classique; Conseil Général de la Loire, Médiathèque Départementale. Notes by Alain Collet. Saint-Etienne: Publications de l'Université de Saint-Etienne, 1994. 174 p. ill. 24 cm. ISBN 2-86272-054-2: FF 140.00

The collection of old imprints (15th century to 1811) of the city of Montbrison comprises 3,442 titles (about 5,000 volumes). The majority of these imprints are from church libraries, confiscated during the French Revolution. This collection, which focuses on religion and theology, is housed in the building of the Société Historique et Archéologique du Forez "La Diana." The catalog describes 283 16th-century imprints which came mostly from monasteries. The introduction presents an overview of the whole collection. The main section lists the 283 imprints alphabetically by author with bibliographic description and annotation. The appendix describes one manuscript and three incunabula. Interesting title pages and bindings are shown in 28 illustrations. The catalog includes a number of indexes. This catalog of a small and not very significant collection of 16th-century imprints illustrates that progress is being made in France even outside of Paris in cataloging collections of old imprints. [sab/ba]


Le cinquecentine della Biblioteca Panizzi: catalogo [The 16th Century in the Biblioteca Panizzi: Catalog]. Ed. Eletta Zanzanelli and Valter Pratissoli. Introductory essays by Luigi Balsamo and Neil Harris. Biblioteca Panizzi. Reggio Emilia, 1995. xxviii, 464 p. ill. 29 cm. Lit. 100,000. (Editrice Bibliografica, Viale Vittorio Veneto 24, I-20124 Milano)

The catalog of 16th century materials from the Biblioteca Panizzi, a new library resulting from the union of the municipal and public libraries of Reggio (Emilia Romagna), documents 6,353 16th-century Italian and European publications. The author/title entries include place and date of publication but unfortunately do not cross-reference other bibliographies of such material. An examination of the catalog reveals few titles that are not included in the comprehensive Italian publications census of the 16th century (Le edizioni italiane del XVI secolo: Censimento nazionale); however the catalog of the Biblioteca Panizzi is still worthwhile, in that it represents a valuable collection of Renaissance titles available at an individual library. [sh/ldb]


Catalogue du fonds italien XVIe siècle Auguste Boullier de la Bibliothèque Municipale de Roanne [Catalogue of the Auguste Boullier Italian 16th-Century Collection in the Municipal Library of Roanne]. Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, Institut Claude Longeon Renaissance - Age Classique; Bibliothèque Municipale de Roanne. Marie F. Viallon. Saint-Etienne: Publications de l'Université de Saint-Etienne, 1994. 195 p. ill. 24 cm. ISBN 2-86272-055-0: FF 140.00


Catalogue du fonds italien XVIIe siècle Auguste Boullier de la Bibliothèque Municipale de Roanne [Catalogue of the Auguste Boullier Italian 17th-Century Collection in the Municipal Library of Roanne] Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, Institut Claude Longeon Renaissance - Age Classique; Bibliothèque Municipale de Roanne. Marie F. Viallon. Saint-Etienne: Publications de l'Université de Saint-Etienne, 1995. 286 p. ill. 24 cm. ISBN 2-86272-090-9: FF 140.00

In 1898, the municipal library of Roanne (Loire) received a 7,000-volume library from the estate of Etienne Jacques Auguste Boullier, a scholar of the history, culture, and politics of Italy, and of Venice in particular. The two catalogs of works from this library, one for the 16th century (454 entries) and one for the 17th century (555 entries), provide bibliographic information and brief annotations for the works, as well as indexes for publishers and the place and year of publication. The 17th-century publication consists primarily of official writings from Venice. Both catalogs contain a few unique titles and provide insight into Venetian politics and society through its publishing history. Therein lies their value, despite the smaller size of the collection and the sometimes incorrect bibliographic information in the catalog. [es/ldb]


Catalogue des livres du seizième siècle (1531-1599) de la Bibliothèque du Grand Séminaire de Strasbourg [Catalog of 16th-Century Books (1531-1599) in the Library of the Grand Séminaire of Strasbourg]. Louis Schlaefli. Baden-Baden [et.al.]: Koerner, 1995. 676 p. 25 cm. (Bibliotheca bibliographica Aureliana, 149). ISBN 3-87320-149-6: DM 320.00

This catalog of works published between 1531 and 1599 found in the theological seminary library of Strasbourg is the welcome continuation of an earlier pre-1530 listing. The subject emphasis is theology with some philosophical and scientific works as well. This library began in 1580 in conjunction with the Jesuit college in Molsheim, which explains the substantial number of German language titles, and was later expanded through the acquisition of several private collections. The library suffered losses in the French revolution and both World Wars, but still maintained a collection of 120,000 volumes, 30,000 of which were published before 1800. The catalog is arranged alphabetically by title (unfortunately in short title form), with the usual additional bibliographical information. The catalog does not adhere to the strictest rare book cataloging standards, as admitted by the authors, and is therefore most valuable as a finding aid and documentation of the history of the library itself. [sb/ldb]


Eine Reise der Aufklärung: Lessing in Italien 1775; Ausstellung in der Herzog-August-Bibliothek und im Schloßmuseum Wolfenbüttel in Verbindung mit dem Herzog-Anton-Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig . . . 21. August bis 17. Oktober 1993 [An Enlightenment Journey: Lessing in Italy, 1775; Exhibit Catalog]. Herzog-August-Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel and Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici. Ed. Lea Ritter Santini. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag. 26 cm. (Ausstellungskataloge der Herzog-August-Bibliothek, 70). ISBN 3-05-002441-0: DM 74.00

Vol. 1 (1993). 466 p. ill.

Vol. 2 (1993). p. 473-867. ill.

This two-volume catalog of the "Lessing in Italy" exhibition from the renowned Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel is a valuable resource for both the history of the Herzog August Library and the history of Italian-German relations in the eighteenth century. The first volume contains essays about the Enlightenment-era culture of the Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel area and Italy, as well as essays on the diaries of Lessing's travels in Italy and Prince Maximilian's journeys to Germany. The second volume is a catalog of the 383 items from the exhibition, focussing on Lessing's role as librarian and the volumes he acquired in Italy. [sh/ldb]


Livres du XXe siècle illustrés d'estampes originales: catalogue [20th-Century Books Illustrated with Original Drawings; Catalog]. Ed. Barbara Prout and Elisabeth Vust. Lausanne: Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire, 1994. 23 cm. (Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire, CH-1015 Lausanne-Dorigny)

Pt. 1. Editions vaudoises [Vaud Imprints]. 1994. xi, [266] p.

Pt. 2. Editions non vaudoises [Imprints from Outside Vaud]. 1994. [398] p.

This annotated bibliography of twentieth-century illustrated books is based on three collections held at the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne. The items in the collection were all published after 1900 in print runs of no more than 500 copies. Volume 1 contains books from the Swiss canton of Vaud, volume 2, those from France or other Francophone countries. The detailed annotations include information about the print run, the library call number, physical details of the individual item, and indications where other copies can be found. There are indexes for illustrator, author, title, publisher (but unfortunately not for place of publication). [sh/ldl]

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