Bibliotheca Heinsiana. Nicolas HEINSIUS.
Bibliotheca Heinsiana.
Bibliotheca Heinsiana.

Bibliotheca Heinsiana.

Leiden, [A. Elzevier for] J. de Vivie 1682.

Two parts in one volume. 12mo. [ii], 374, [2 blank], 286, [2 blank]p. Small Elzevier Non Solus device on the title.

Contemporary blind-ruled vellum over stiff paper boards (lightly soiled), later gilt-lettered red (title) and green (date) spine labels, edges sprinkled red.

A PRICED PRESENTATION COPY of this esteemed library catalog: “the most extensive private collection in Europe assembled for the study of classical antiquity…almost a universal short-title catalogue” (Sibbald). Graevius used it as the textbook for his bibliography lectures in Utrecht.
     Jurist, diplomat, poet, philologist and book scout for the Queen of Sweden, Heinsius bought medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, books printed on vellum, incunables and important editions of classical authors with manuscript annotations by, i.a., Gronovius, Junius, Scaliger and his father, Daniel Heinsius. The over 13,000 lots, many containing multiple titles, are divided into twelve subjects areas, within which they are organized by format, from folios to duodecimos.
     HEINSIUS’ NEPHEW Johan Goes van Absmade (d. 1690) gave this copy to Leiden pastor David Knibbe (1639-1701), author of numerous vernacular religious works. Knibbe recorded the gift in manuscript on the front flyleaf.
     A good copy (lightly browned, some quires more so), contemporary repair to a natural flaw in one leaf (no loss), annotated to show combined lots and priced throughout in contemporary manuscript. This copy corresponds to Pollard and Ehrman’s “issue iii”.
¶Breslauer & Folter, Bibliography: Its History & Development 80; Sibbald, “The Heinsiana” in Documenting the Early Modern Book World: Inventories and Catalogues in Manuscript and Print edd. Walsby & Constantinidou 141-59; Pollard & Ehrman, Distribution of Books by Catalogue pp. 241-2 & no. 231; Willems, Les Elzevier 925.

Item #11015

Price: $5,500.00