Friedrich von Schiller’s Bibliothek. Mit einem Facsimile aus seinem eigenhändigen Bücherverzeichnisse. Zum 10. November 1859.

Berlin, J. A. Stargardt, [1859].

8vo, pp. 16; with 1 folding plate (tear repaired); in the original blue printed wrappers, edges a little chipped and dust-soiled; in a cloth portfolio.


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One of a very few surviving copies of this booksellers’ catalogue of part of Schiller’s library. The engraved folding plate is a facsimile of a manuscript list of the books in Schiller’s hand.

In 1851 Stargardt bought part of Schiller’s library from his son Karl. It proved difficult to sell, and in 1859 he produced the present catalogue, selling the collection in 1860 to the Hamburg bookseller I. S. Meyer. Meyer also had problems selling the collection, and in 1862 he held a lottery, won by a merchant named Helmcke, who received the 156 books and the manuscript list as his prize. Helmcke gave the collection to the Hamburger Stadtbibliothek in 1867, where it was absorbed into the general collections and the duplicates dispersed. In 1905 the remaining 114 volumes were reassembled and shelved separately.

With the ink inscription of R. Avenarius, dated 1859, to inside front cover, presumably Richard Avenarius (1843–1896), the famously difficult philosopher and founder of ‘empirio-criticism’.

Roland Folter, Deutsche Dichter- und Germanistenbibliotheken (Stuttgart, 1975), 664.

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