Det Danske Bibliotek Eller Fortegnelse Paa Alle de Danske Skrifter…alle findes samlede i det Danske Bibliotek Som dend Høy=Ædle og Velbaarne Frøken Frøk. Karen Brahe. Karen BRAHE, Brigitte Brahe, Anne Gjøe.
Det Danske Bibliotek Eller Fortegnelse Paa Alle de Danske Skrifter…alle findes samlede i det Danske Bibliotek Som dend Høy=Ædle og Velbaarne Frøken Frøk. Karen Brahe.
Det Danske Bibliotek Eller Fortegnelse Paa Alle de Danske Skrifter…alle findes samlede i det Danske Bibliotek Som dend Høy=Ædle og Velbaarne Frøken Frøk. Karen Brahe.
THREE GENERATIONS OF BOOKWOMEN

Det Danske Bibliotek Eller Fortegnelse Paa Alle de Danske Skrifter…alle findes samlede i det Danske Bibliotek Som dend Høy=Ædle og Velbaarne Frøken Frøk. Karen Brahe.

Copenhagen, P.J. Phoenixberg 1725.

4to. [xvi], 193 [r. 192]p.

Contemporary sprinkled sheep-backed gold-patterend paper over thin wooden boards (worn, paper lost rear lower corner), in a folding cloth box with gilt-lettered leather spine label.

Only Edition of AN EARLY PRINTED CATALOG OF A WOMAN’S BOOK COLLECTION AND THE FIRST BIBLIOGRAPHY OF LITERATURE IN DANISH — printed in Denmark or abroad, original works or translations. The title translates to The Danish Library Or Directory Of All Danish Writings. This is “the only Danish 17th-century private library that has come to us fairly complete and undamaged…an excellent picture of the Danish nobility’s culture of the time” (Nielsen, tr.).
     THREE WOMEN FORMED THIS COLLECTION — Karen Brahe (1657-1736), her great-grand-aunt Brigitte Brahe and grand-aunt Anne Gjøe (1609-81), on whose decease some 1100 books passed to Karen. She aggressively enlarged the collection, frequently buying at auction and funding her purchases with profits from her astute management of the family’s real estate and business interests. Nearly 4,000 of her printed and manuscript volumes survive today as the core collection of the women’s school she established at Roskilde in 1716 (the books now removed to Odense).
     Just as Anne Gjøe commissioned the learned Jacob Bircherod (1624-88) to make a manuscript catalog of her collection, so Karen had Laurids Lind (1700-38) prepare the present work, starting with her grand-aunt’s manuscript list and printing Bircherod’s original dedication and prefatory remarks. Only the Danish-language material of the library appears here, some sixteen hundred entries, which Lind distributed across twenty-two subject divisions. He ends with a thirty-five-page alphabetic index of authors and translators, nearly all with thumbnail biographies. In good condition (pages lightly browned, some minor staining on the top edges of quire b), 20th-century bookplates of Dorin Larsen and PH; on the front pastedown an early owner recorded the seventeen subdivisions of theology with their page ranges.
¶Nielsen, Danske Privatbiblioteker I: 96-123; Bruun, Bibliotheca danica IV: 565.

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Price: $8,200.00