HANDBUCH DEUTSCHER BIBLIOTHEKEN [HANDBOOK OF GERMAN LIBRARIES]
modern cloth, leather spine label
by Petzholdt, Julius
Halle: H.W. Schmidt, 1853. modern cloth, leather spine label. large 12mo. modern cloth, leather spine label. iii-xii, 444 pages, with 7 additional leaves of plates. Per author's preface, this work takes the place of a fourth edition of his Address Book of German Libraries (first published 1844). One might prefer simply to call this the fourth edition of a variously titled (the title changed again later) guide to German-language libraries. Julius Petzholdt (1812-1891) was the librarian of the then Royal Library in Dresden (Saxony), and is called "one of the most learned bibliographers" by Breslauer & Folter (p.168). This "handbook" contains entries for over 1,000 academic, public, institutional, special and a few private libraries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Petzholdt attempted to gather extensive information on at least the larger libraries, including history of the library, major accessions, holdings, organization and regulation, statistics, and library publications (catalogues). He did not always succeed, and while some entries are quite extensive, some are quite brief. The additional plates contain drawings of various library floor plans with one elevation. Recently rebound in green cloth with gilt lettering on a leather spine label. Small internal tears have been repaired. Some foxing. (Inventory #: 52756)
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