AB -- Bibliographies and Catalogs

Verzeichnis der Nachlässe und Sammlungen der Handschriftenabteilung der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin-Preußischer Kulturbesitz [Index of Papers and Collections in the Manuscript Department of the Berlin State Library-Prussian Cultural Heritage]. Ed. Eva Ziesche. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2002. xix, 238 p. 29 cm. (Kataloge der Handschriftenabteilung, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Preußischer Kulturbesitz; Reihe 2, Nachlässe, 8). ISBN 3-447-04535-3: EUR 78 [03-1-001]

Unlike the previous six volumes to appear in this series, which gave detailed descriptions of particular collections, this volume provides, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of all manuscript collections in the Berlin State Library. Collections from the 16th to the 20th century are included. Also included in this volume are collections treated in the two previous manuscript catalogs by V. Rose and H. Degering. Most of the collections stem from the 19th and 20th centuries and represent a wide variety of writers, professors, officers, public officials, and physicians. The index is clearly organized, arranged by creator or owner in tabular format with brief biographical information, call numbers and brief notes on scope and content, accession year and numbers, and references to related catalogs, indexes, inventories, etc. for the collection. Also included in this volume are a brief history of the manuscript collections and a bibliography. [ch/dsa]

Die neuzeitlichen Handschriften der Universitätsbibliothek Eichstätt [Manuscripts of the Modern Period in the University Library of Eichstätt]. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. 29 cm. (Kataloge der Universitätsbibliothek, 2; Die neuzeitlichen Handschriften). [03-1-002]

Vol. 2. Die Handschriften der Bischöflichen Seminarbibliothek Cod. Sm 1–538: Die Handschriften des 16. bis 20. Jahrhunderts [The Manuscripts of the Episcopal Seminary Library: Manuscripts from the 16th to the 20th Centuries, Codices Sm 1–538]. Comp. Stephan Kellner. 2002. xix, 228, 26 p. ill. ISBN 3-447-045663: EUR 64

This is the second volume of a series of publications dealing with the manuscripts in the University Library of Eichstätt. The 514 manuscripts from the holdings of the Episcopal Seminary were written between the second third of the 16th and the middle of the 20th century and fall under the broad heading of theology: prayer books, sermons, catechisms, and liturgical texts. A collection of 140 volumes of lecture notes that were written down at a number of universities in Germany, Austria, and in Rome is particularly noteworthy. The descriptions of the individual manuscripts follow the guidelines established by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and cover the contents, the physical object, and its history. There are indexes for personal names, geographical locations, and subjects. [ch/jc]

Die humanistischen, Triviums- und Reformationshandschriften der Codices Palatini latini in der Vatikanischen Bibliothek (Cod. Pal. Lat. 1461–1914) [The Humanist, Trivium, and Reformation Manuscripts of the Codices Palatini Latini in the Vatican Library (Cod. Pal. lat. 1461–1914)]. Ed. Wolfgang Metzger for Heidelberg University. Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2002. lix, 8, 483 p. ill. 29 cm. (Kataloge der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, 4). ISBN 3-89500-214-3. EUR 230 [03-1-003]

With its rich holdings of medieval manuscripts and early printed materials, the Palatine Library in Heidelberg was one the most important German libraries of the 16th century. It was transferred to Rome in 1622 as booty of the Thirty Years’ War to become part of the Vatican Library. In 1886 Henry Stevenson produced a catalog of the Latin manuscripts, the Codices Palatini Latini, for manuscripts numbered 1–920. In the 1970s, with the support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Heidelberg University began producing catalogs for the majority of the remaining Latin manuscripts. This fourth volume is the final catalog in this project. The three previously published volumes cover: the historical and philosophical manuscripts (Pal. lat. 921– 1078), the medical manuscripts (Pal. lat. 1079–1339), and the so-called quadrivium manuscripts (Pal. lat. 1340–1458). Additionally it should be noted that a number of classical manuscripts have already been described in volume 2,2 of Les manuscrits classiques latins de la Bibliothèque Vaticane (1982), and these are not included in the Heidelberg project. The manuscripts described in the fourth volume include, along with medieval manuscripts and humanistic and Reformation writings, a large number of 16th-century manuscripts. A brief introduction provides an overview of the contents of the Reformation and trivium materials. The citations and index conform to the rules of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and are thorough and accurate. [ch/jc]

Die Handschriften der Universitätsbibliothek Kassel, Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel [The Manuscripts of the University Library Kassel, State Library, and the Murhard Library of the City of Kassel]. Kassel: Universitätsbibliothek; Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1969– . 31 cm. [03-1-004]

Vol. 1. Manuscripta theologica [Theological Manuscripts].

Part 3. Die Handschriften in Oktav [Manuscripts in Octavo Format]. Ed. Konrad Wiedemann. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2002. xvi, 94 p. ISBN 3-447-04621-X: EUR 54

The cataloging of the rich manuscript collection of the library in Kassel demonstrates the degree of perseverance needed for such an involved undertaking. The work was begun in 1969 and is still ongoing. The catalog reviewed here is designated as part 3 of volume 1 and contains descriptions of theological manuscripts in octavo format. Part 1 of volume 1 (published in 1994) contained descriptions of those theological manuscripts in the collection which are in folio format. A volume containing descriptions of manuscripts in quarto format is in preparation.

The catalog reviewed here contains 70 entries; 14 are for modern manuscripts and 26 are fragments. Descriptions of four manuscripts missing since the end of World War II are also included. Most of the manuscripts are Latin texts, but there are also a number of medieval prayer books in German, Dutch, and French. The manuscripts include Bibles and exegetical, catechetical, and liturgical texts. The oldest manuscript is a Revelation of John that includes sermons by Caesarius of Arles; this is a 7thcentury manuscript written in northern France in a pre-Carolingian miniscule. For information on the history of the collection, the reader is referred to the introduction in part 1 of volume 1. Concerning provenance of the manuscripts, it is interesting to note that several were originally part of the famed Bibliotheca Palatina in Heidelberg and found their way to Kassel by way of the Jesuit school in Heidelberg and the library of the younger branch of the Counts Palatine, which was acquired by the princes of Kassel through inheritance in the year 1686.

According to established practice, the detailed descriptions follow the guidelines of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which also provided grants in support of this cataloging project. Access to the descriptions is provided by an array of indexes, including indexes by persons, locations, and subjects; there is also an index of initials. Unfortunately, the Bible prologues and the hymns were not indexed. That is the more regrettable in that the descriptions themselves make a point of mentioning all hymn texts that deviate from the standard printed texts found in the Analecta hymnica. [ch/crc]

Die mittelalterlichen Handschriften der Universitätsbibliothek Marburg [Medieval Manuscripts in the Marburg University Library]. Ed. Sirka Heyne. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2002. xxxvii, 385 p. ill. 29 cm. ISBN 3-447-04441-1: EUR 76 [03-1-006]

The Latin manuscripts in Marburg were first described by Carl Friedrich Hermann in 1838. The catalog under review contains descriptions of 102 manuscripts and 14 fragments; the number is considerably larger than that covered by Hermann because many items that had been bound with others have now been separated. The over 550 fragments that have been unbound since Hermann’s day are covered only selectively, with a focus on the oldest ones and those in the German language.

About half of the manuscripts are theological in nature, a third of them deal with medicine and the natural sciences, the rest with literature, philology, and history. Of particular interest are the medical and pharmaceutical manuscripts of Zurich provenance; 23 manuscripts were part of the library of the Zurich doctor Christoph Clausner, among them four by Hans Minners, the most important pharmacist of the German middle ages. Many manuscripts were acquired as part of the secularization of Hessian monasteries in the 16th century.

The organization of the descriptions follows the guidelines of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which sponsored the project. Information about the manuscripts includes parallel traditions, repertoria, editions, printings, and secondary literature. Indexes of first lines as well as of persons, places, and subjects conclude the volume. [ch/rs]

Bibliographie des ouvrages érotiques publiés clandestinement en français entre 1880 et 1920 [Bibliography of Erotic Literature Published Clandestinely in French between 1880 and 1920]. Jean-Pierre Dutel. Paris: J-P Dutel, 2001. 669 p. ill. 25 cm. ISBN 2951774206: EUR 180 (J.-P. Dutel, 16, rue Jacques-Callot, F-75006 Paris)

An RREO Original Review

Authoritative descriptive bibliographies of modern historic erotic literature have been nearly as rare and clandestine as the literature itself. Produced in small runs and for small groups of buyers, most of the literature and publishers’ catalogues were destroyed not long after they were produced. Producers of the illicit material tended to publish anonymously or under false names, omit printers’ names, and falsify places of publication. Dates of publication may be the only reliable information printed on a title page. Recently, the bibliography of this material has been increased and made more readily available by the new, augmented edition of Pascal Pia’s Livres de l’Enfer (1978; Fayard, 1998; see RREA 5:24), by the 1997 deposit of his substantial archives at Imec (Institut Mémoires de l’Edition Contemporaine), by reprints of L’Enfer de la Bibliothèque nationale by Guillaume Apollinaire, Fernand Fleuret, and Louis Perceau (1919; Mansfield Centre, CT, 2002), and by Louis Perceau’s Bibliographie du roman érotique au XIXe siècle (1930; Mansfield Centre, CT, 2002). The compilers of all the bibliographies have acknowledged the indispensable information afforded them by private collectors, occasionally publishers (especially Apollinaire), and book and antiquarian dealers. Institutional holdings, substantial as they may be, represent only partially the production of this material. All bibliographies claim to be incomplete.

Jean-Pierre Dutel’s descriptive bibliography of the 40-year (1880–1920) span of clandestine publishing of erotic literature in French contributes to the documentation of this body of elusive material. The period was one of a substantial volume of Frenchlanguage erotic publishing, and, until 1895, also one of rigorous legal pursuit of its production and distribution in France. As in earlier periods of stricter French publishing restraints, illicit Frenchlanguage publishing moved largely to Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and London. Dutel was inspired by a 1973 statement published by Pascal Pia about the need for a scholarly bibliography of the clandestine Belgian editions of this period, one that would compare printings and printers’ ornaments such as head- and tail-pieces. Dutel expands this charge to include all the clandestine publishing of such material, including eventually Paris. The book is organized usefully: individual chapters of bio-bibliographies for book dealers/publishers, printers, authors, and collectors; bibliographies of erotic literature bibliography and publishers’ catalogues; a descriptive bibliography of 933 titles of erotic literature; reproduction of 933 title pages; 107 pages of reproduction of printers’ ornaments, organized by printer/publisher; 14 plates taken from publishers’ catalogues; and final indexes of assumed authors and publishers. It appears that Dutel’s work was finished before the Pia’s latest edition, and there is some duplication in the bibliography of the titles. Dutel’s work, however, makes a substantial contribution to this period of publishing history.

Research libraries will want to add this volume to their collections to enhance their coverage of the bibliography of the specific field and of European publishing history in general.

Salomon Schadewitz, Buchtrücker: ein hessischer Buchdrucker in Grebenstein, Hofgeismar, Kassel und Marburg 1636–1682 [Salomon Schadewitz, Book Printer: A Hessian Printer in Grebenstein, Hofgeismar, Kassel, and Marburg, 1636–1682]. Ed. Helmut Burmeister for the Verein für Hessische Geschichte und Landeskunde e.V. Kassel, Zweigverein Hofgeismar. Hofgeismar: Verein für Hessische Geschichte und Landeskunde, Zweigverein Hofgeismar, 2002. 96 p. ill. 24 cm. (Die Geschichte unserer Heimat, 38). EUR 9 (Stadtmuseum Hofgeismar, Petriplatz 2, D-34369 Hofgeismar, fax [49 5671] 9999-200, email: museum@museum-hofgeismar.de) [03-1-007]

In conjunction with an exhibit on one of the earliest printers from the northern Hessian town of Hofgeismar, the director of the town museum put out this publication, most of which is comprised of his own articles, some of which are expanded versions of earlier ones. In addition to essays focusing on Salomon Schadewitz and his printing, there are pieces on the production of paper in Hofgeismar, where a paper mill was established toward the beginning of the Thirty Years War. New is the main portion of the book (p. 51–91), an annotated “Preliminary Listing of Prints from the Shop of Salomon Schadewitz.” Holding libraries and call numbers are noted where available. The items are arranged in chronological order according to the four locations where Schadewitz had print shops: Grebenstein (1636–1638, 9 titles); Hofgeismar (1639– 1650, 33 titles); Kassel (1650–1681, 119 titles); and Marburg, where he was a printer for the university (1653–1682, 217 titles). Most of the publications Schadewitz printed were relatively short: in Kassel, princely decrees, funeral sermons, regulations concerning fire prevention and milling operations, prayers, and poems, in essence job printing; in Marburg, dissertations and disputations, in addition to funeral sermons, memorials, and tributes. Works longer than 100 pages are rare.

“Preliminary” is an accurate description of the listing, as there are many gaps, some of which could have been filled by a more thorough search of German online library catalogs. For example, the university library in Greifswald owns a Marburg dissertation printed by Schadewitz in 1680, but Burmeister’s listing includes no dissertation from the Marburg shop for the years 1680 and 1681. Thus, although one can value the volume for its essays, the list of Schadewitz’s prints needs to be revised and expanded. The publication would also benefit from the inclusion of the requisite indexes. [sh/nb]

Österreichische retrospektive Bibliographie: (ORBI) [Austrian Retrospective Bibliography]. Compiled at the Austrian National Library. Ed. Helmut W. Lang. München: Saur. 30 cm. ISBN 3-598-23380-9 (set) [03-1-008]

Series 2, Österreichische Zeitungen 1492–1945 [Austrian Newspapers 1492– 1945]. ISBN 3-598-23382-5

Vol. 1. Bibliographie der österreichischen (nichtperiodischen) Neuen Zeitungen 1492–1705 [Bibliography of Austrian Non-Periodical New Newspapers 1492–1705]. Helmut W. Lang and Ladislaus Lang. 2001. 304 p. ISBN 3-598-23383-3: EUR 144, EUR 128 (subscription)

Vol. 2. Bibliographie der österreichischen Zeitungen 1621–1945: A–M [Bibliography of Austrian Newspapers 1621–1945: A–M]. Helmut W. Lang and Ladislaus Lang. 2003 . 509 p. ISBN 3-598-23384-1: EUR 198, EUR 178 (subscription)

Vol. 3. Bibliographie der österreichischen Zeitungen 1621–1945: N–Z. Helmut W. Lang and Ladislaus Lang. 2003. 489 p. ISBN 3-598-23384-X: EUR 198, EUR 178 (subscription)

Vol. 4. Bibliographie der österreichischen Zeitungen 1621–1945: Register: Personen, Erscheinungsorte, Regionen [: Index: Persons, Places of Publication, Regions]. Helmut W. Lang and Ladislaus Lang. 2003. 384 p. ISBN 3-598-23386-5: EUR 198, EUR 178 (subscription)

Vol. 5. Bibliographie der österreichischen Zeitungen 1621–1945: Register, Supplement: Erscheinungsdauer, Erscheinungsbeginn, Erscheinungsende, Nichtdeutschsprachige Zeitungen, Sachgruppen [: Index, Supplement: Length of Time Published, Beginning Date, Ending Date of Publication, Newspapers In Languages Other Than German, Subject Groups]. Helmut W. Lang and Ladislaus Lang. 2003. 320 p. ISBN 3-598-23397-3: EUR 148, EUR 128 (subscription)

Before reviewing the Second Series of the Österreichische retrospektive Bibliographie, it is useful to give an indication, based on the editor’s foreword in ORBI (which should actually be called ÖRBI, of course) of what will be included in the other three series. Series 1 will cover Austrian monographs from 1461; Series 3 will cover Austrian journals from 1725–1945; and Series 4 (Spezialbibliographien) will include special genres such as atlases. Volume one of the Second Series covers non-periodical “Neue Zeitungen,” which in the usage of the late 15th through the end of the 17th century simply means “news.” These publications have traditionally been covered in specialized bibliographies or in bibliographies of monographs by time period. Here 317 titles are included with extensive bibliographic descriptions and 288 reproductions, as well as numerous indexes. Volumes 2–5 of this series cover true, in other words periodic, newspapers. There are 6,725 numbered entries, including title changes. “For practical reasons” the editors have also included magazines (Zeitschriften) if they have the word “newspaper” (Zeitung) in their titles. This would not matter in a database, but in a printed catalog it leads to the inclusion of many items you would not expect to find based on the concept “newspaper.” The compilers give extensive information on each title: format, publication dates, detailed imprint, printer, publisher, editors and other pertinent names, supplements, citations to relevant literature, information on political orientation, etc. The series will be complete with two index volumes; only the first is currently available. Some of the indexes planned for the last volume seem only minimally useful (length of time published, date of first publication, and ending date of publication). An index by political orientation, which could have been based on the detailed information in the title descriptions, is unfortunately not included. This effort represents a milestone in the retrospective bibliographic control of Austrian publications, and of those of German-speaking countries in general. [sh/vh]

Bibliografia luganese del Settecento: le edizioni Agnelli di Lugano [Lugano Bibliography of the 18th Century: Imprints from Agnelli of Lugano]. Callisto Caldelari. Bellinzona: Casagrande. 28 cm. (Strumenti storico-bibliografici, …). [03-1-009]

Fogli, documenti, cronologia [Broadsides, Documents, Chronology]. 2002. 866 p. ill. (…, 8). ISBN 88-7713-357-0: SFr 150

Callisto Caldelari, a specialist in 18th- and 19th-century Ticino imprints, joined here by two colleagues, continues the comprehensive 18th-century bibliography begun with his publication of Bibliografia luganese del Settecento: le edizioni Agnelli di Lugano; libri, periodici in 1999 (see RREA 6:16). The present volume treats peripheral work of the Agnelli printing shop, as well as documents relating to the publishing house: incidental printings from 1746–1797, with detailed bibliographic descriptions, holding locations, annotations and a title index; proclamations, laws and edicts from the same period, primarily in the form of broadsides, with descriptions of circumstance and content; full-text or excerpts of archival documents relating to Agnelli. Also included is a chronology of the publishing house and detailed indexes by document type, topical terms, and names. [sh/rlk]

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