Reference resources for cataloguing

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W.A. Kelly

Research Fellow

Scottish Centre for the Book

Edinburgh Napier University

Reference resources for cataloguing

German and Low Countries imprints to ca. 1800.

Fifth, unified edition, incorporating the first

four editions and the supplement to the last named.


Scottish Centre for the Book,

Edinburgh Napier University


The author


The genesis of the present work goes back to the late months of 1970 after I had taken up a post of Assistant Keeper in the Department of Printed Books at the National Library of Scotland with particular responsibility for the German collections, when I began to record in a notebook, which over the years grew into a series, the bibliographical details of reference works on all aspects of early German printing which I came across in antiquarian and second-hand booksellers’ catalogues and other sources. However it was not until a number of years later, when I was looking through the first edition of Standard citation forms for published bibliographies and catalogs used in rare book cataloging (SCF), which had been published in 1982 by the Library of Congress on the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Standards for Rare Book Cataloging in Machine-Readable Form of the Independent Research Libraries Association, that I was struck not only by its preoccupation with the narrowly based North American-British cultural axis but also by its traditional, almost reverential, regard for incunables. In a more im-mediate attempt to correct the paucity of its coverage of both German and Low Countries bibliography, the latter having been added to my responsibilities by that time, I contacted Peter VanWingen and Belinda Urquiza of the Library of Congress, who had been charged by the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries of the American Library Association with the preparation of a second edition of that work, with a suggestion that an attempt should be made to increase the coverage of German and Low Countries bibliography. As a result I submitted what I felt, given the short time at my disposal, were the most obvious titles.

Knowing, however, that reference works in these two geographical areas are far richer and deserving to be made known to those rare book cataloguers and antiquarian and second-hand booksellers with little or no acquaintance of them, I reduced my notes to a more usable format before issuing a series of three in-creasingly fuller lists under my own, imprint. I also had the hope at that time of helping to lay the foundations of a third edition of Standard citation forms of even greater international coverage, should one be called for. This hope was kept alive in a slightly altered form by a brief correspondence by e-mail with a rare book cataloguer in the United States, who expressed some personal interest in a companion volume to the second edition of Standard citation forms. However as my continuing investigations re-vealed ever more titles of monographs and important periodical articles and the likelihood of a third edition of SCF grew more unlikely, the thought, bolstered by the realisation that SCF has little currency in British and European libraries, began to impress itself on me that there is something intrinsically absurd in the idea of a companion volume, running by that time to more than one thousand, seven hundred entries, which dwarfed so considerably the original work. This thought grew more pronounced as several publishers rejected the sales potential of such a companion volume. In this connection I have to thank Dr. David Shaw, at that time the secretary of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL), and Prof. Alistair McCleery of the Scottish Centre for the Book at Edinburgh Napier University for impress-ing on me the advisability of making a work of this nature available online. However particular thanks must go to three individuals for agreeing to make this monograph available on the website of the State Library in Berlin, Gerd-Joseph Bötte, Annette Wehmeyer and Maria Federbusch. When I approached the first-named of these three with the offer of my text, I was very pleasantly surprised by the speed and warmth of his response. That edition, the fourth, was available only on its website. This, the fifth, is the fruit of my more recent researches.

The focus of this work is the printing output and intellectual history of the Dutch- and German-language areas of Europe. This focus on Europe must be emphasised, as no attempt has been made to include works dealing with the long-term Dutch or German settlements in North America, whose printing output has always lain outside my professional remit. In the first instance the term, Europe, presents no great dif-ficulty, comprehending as it does the present-day Netherlands and Flanders, the northern part of the present-day Belgium, but in that of the second would require a considerable degree of instruction in German history, were it not obviated by reference to Josef Benzing’s Die Buchdrucker des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts im deutschen Sprachgebiet. 2., verb. u. erg. Aufl. (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1982), now enlarged and updated by Christoph Reske, Die Buchdrucker des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts im deutschen Sprachgebiet. Auf der Grundlage des gleichnamigen Werkes von Josef Benzing. Wiesbaden: Harrasso-witz, 2007. xxxii,1090 S. (Beiträge zum Buch- und Bibliothekswesen; 51), and David L. Paisey’s Deut-sche Buchdrucker, Buchhändler und Verleger 1701-1750 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1988), where the uninitiated can see that many towns such as Breslau, Danzig, Königsberg and Strassburg, whose com-mercial and intellectual history were controlled for many centuries by a dominant German population, are correctly included, even although they do not lie within the present boundaries of Germany. The focus mentioned above means that I have regarded as legitimate for inclusion here both reference works de-voted entirely to these areas or ones with a significant amount of Low Countries or German content, even if they have been published in other parts of the world.

My aim in the present work is a practical one, to provide rare book cataloguers, antiquarian booksellers and book historians, who have little or no knowledge of German and Low Countries imprints, with an up to date, as nearly comprehensive as possible, list of reference resources on the printed record of these two intellectually important areas of Europe. The justification of this practical approach was unwittingly given by the anonymous individual who, in reading this work on behalf of a print publisher, defended his/her doubts on the unlikely commercial viability of such a specialised work by commenting that (s)he was al-ready able to catalogue early German imprints adequately without resorting to such a work as this. For adequacy is akin to complacency in being the enemy of intellectual and professional development. Running now to two thousand and forty six entries, this work presents an infinitely greater coverage than any other resource available in the English-speaking world. To achieve this I have drawn on more than thirty years experience of imprints from these areas and have cast my net as widely as possible, offering entries on publications in the humanities, law, science, technology and medicine. I have attempted to keep abreast of advances in inform-ation technology by including, where appropriate, details of electronic databases, e.g. C12 and M29. Although I have rejected the attempt to link this much more detailed work to Standard citation forms, I have followed that work in excluding works dealing with individual towns, printers and authors, as such information can be obtained easily in other sources.

In order to make the entries as bibliographically useful as possible to the work’s intended users, I have given a full title, pagination and, where possible, series details. In these I have, however, reduced certain information, such as the names of editors or compilers, to initials and surnames, but in the Names and titles index I have given the fullest form of the name which I could find. In the imprint of the pre-1800 entries I have recorded places of publication as they appear on the title page, e.g. ‘Anvers’ (C35) and ‘Dresde’ (G92), without the addition of ‘[i.e. Antwerp]’ or ‘[i.e. Dresden]’, as the addition of such an ex-planation, which one sees frequently in catalogue entries, is a patronising assumption of ignorance on the part of the reader. In these entries I have also felt that it was enough to note only the printer’s or publisher’s surname. While it has not been my intention to produce a reader’s guide with notes on the scope of each entry, as the subject content of most entries is either self explanatory or can be confirmed by the Subject index, I have included some notes where they seem to provide useful, additional inform-ation. In the case of multi-volume works where the individual volumes are devoted to a single topic or a particular part of the alphabet I have also indicated such information in a note. I have followed the pract-ice of many modern catalogues and reference works in numbering each entry in the main part of the pres-ent work individually within the relevant letter of the alphabet rather than continuously from the first to the last entry, as was the practice followed in Standard citation forms, as this seemed an easier way of adding a new entry or removing or moving an existing one. The information contained in the body of each entry in the main part of the work, e.g. title, editors and compilers is linked to each of the indexes, the Subject index and the Names and titles index. In the Subject index I have used as a model the Library of Congress’ Subject headings. 11th ed. 3v. (Washington, DC, 1988.)

In the preface to the fifth edition of his ABC for book collectors John Carter recalled a remark made to him by Stanley Morison at an early stage of work on the first edition that it seemed to be the sort of book which might become serviceable by the time it reached a fifth edition. The completion of this, the fifth working of this monograph, makes me much more confident of its value as a working tool for the above-mentioned book professionals, as it is more likely to include all older reference works of importance, as well as those published in the past twenty years or so. However it would be intellectually and profes-sionally dishonest to pretend that everything of relevance published to date has been included, for even a long, close knowledge of the subject and a detailed survey of the available printed sources are liable to let an untold number of items slip through the net. While much effort in particular has gone into noting, wherever possible, the existence of a reprint, and a word count of these would reveal the assiduity which has gone into this, no claim can be made for the completeness of such notes. I would appreciate details of any reprint missed, or indeed of any defect in the information contained in this work. One advantage of making a reference work available in this medium is that an updated edition, recording corrections, addit-ions and deletions, can be produced without the difficulties attendant upon one published in a traditional book format.

The cut-off date for the inclusion of titles in the present revised edition was the end of August 2009. In the latter stages of its completion I have benefited from the expert bibliographical help of Prof. John Flood of the University of London for his suggestion of relevant titles for inclusion.

Scottish Centre for the Book

Edinburgh Napier University

Craighouse Campus


Dedicated to the memory of Dr. Erich Langstadt, sometime

Sub-Librarian in the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds,

and the embodiment of all that is best in German librarianship,

whose insistence on the primacy of bibliographical knowledge

to a librarian has been an inspiration to me for almost forty years.

Scire enim, ubi aliquid invenire possis, magna pars eruditionis est.

(Gijsbert Voet)


German and Low Countries reference resources 1

Subject index 207

Names and titles index 233

Supplement 327

German and Low Countries reference resources

A1. Aa, Abraham Jacob van der

Biographisch woordenboek der Nederlanden. Voorgezet onder redactie van K.J.R. van Harderwijck en D. Schotel. Haarlem: Brederode, 1852-1878. 17 dln. . Amsterdam: Israel, 1969. 7 dln.

A2. Aargauische Kantonsbibliothek

Aargauer Inkunabelkatalog. Von I. Dahm unter Mitarbeit von K. Meyer. Frankfurt a. M.: Sauerländer, 1985. xlviii,430 S. (Aus der Aargauischen Kantonsbibliothek; 2.)

A3. Abkoude, Johannes van

Naam register of verzaameling van nederduytsche boeken, die sedert de jaaren 1640. tot 1741. zyn uyt-gekomen: waar in men zal vinden godgeleerde, mathematische, historische, levensbeschryvingen, memorien, reysen, poëten, enz. Te Leiden, 1743-1756. 3 dln. - Nu overzien, verb. en tot het jaar 1777 verm. door R. Arrenberg. Rotterdam: Arrenberg, 1773. 502p. - Nu overzien, verb. en tot het jaar 1787 verm. door R. Ar-renberg. 2. druk. Rotterdam: Arrenberg, 1788. 2 dln. . Leiden: Sijthoff, 1965. -- Alphabetische naamlijst van boeken, welke sedert het jaar 1790 tot en met het jaar 1831 [1832] in Noord-Nederland zijn uitgekomen. [By J. de Jonge.] ’s-Gravenhage: de Visser, [1832]-1835. [2],viii, 755,159p.

A4. Abt, Ephraim Ludwig Gottfried

Versuch eines systematischen Verzeichnisses der Schriften und Abhandlungen vom Eisen, als Gegenstand des Naturforschers, Berg- und Hüttenmannes, Künstlers und Handwerkers, Kaufmanns, Staatshaushälters und Gesetzgebers. Berlin: Rottmann, 1782. [12],87,[1] S.

A5. Academia Caesarea Leopoldino-Carolina Naturae Curiosorum

Bibliotheca physica, medica, miscella partim sociorum munificentia, partim ipsius sumtibus comparata. Prae-mittitur de nonnullis ad eam spectantibus praefatio A.E. Büchneri. Halae Magdeburgicae: Gebauer, 1755. [14],-100,[24]p. - Halae Magdeburgicae: Gebauer, 1767. 104[i.e.98]p. - Katalog der Bibliothek der Kaiser-lichen Leopoldinisch-Carolinischen Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher. Bearb. von O. Grulich. Halle, 1887-1898. 5 Bde.

A6. Academia Imperialis Scientiarum Petropolitana

Librorum in bibliotheca Speculae Pulcovensis anno 1858 exeunte contentorum catalogus systematicus. Ed-endum curavit et praefatus est O. Struve. Petropoli: Eggers, 1860-1880. 2v.

The title of v.2 reads: Librorum in bibliotheca Speculae Pulcovensis anno 1858 exeunte contentorum cata-logus systematicus. Pars 2 ab E. Lindemanno eleborata. Edendum curavit et praefatus est O. Struve.

A7. Acquoy, Johannes Gerhardus Rijk

Middeleeuwse geestelijke liederen en leisen, ezv. ’s-Gravenhage: Nijhoff, 1888. xii,56p.

A8. Adam, Melchior

Vitae Germanorum jureconsultorum et politicorum. Haidelbergae: Rose & Geyder, 1620. [32],488, [32]p.

A9. Adam, Melchior

Vitae Germanorum medicorum. Haidelbergae: Rose & Geyder, 1620. [32],451,[27]p. . Zug: Inter Docu-mentation Co., [1980?]

A10. Adam, Melchior

Vitae Germanorum philosophorum. Haidelbergae: Rose, 1615. [16],526,[i.e.528],[8]p. - Francofurti: Rose & Kuchenbecker, 1663. [16],526[i.e.528], [8]p. - Francofurti ad Moenum: Sande, 1706. [8],250p.

Another issue of the 1663 edition has the imprint: Francofurti: Hoffmann & Rose.

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