THE LIBRARY OF LEANDER VAN ESS AND THE EARLIEST AMERICAN COLLECTIONS OF REFORMATION PAMPHLETS.

BSA Occastional Publications, No.1

  • New York: The Bibliographical Society of America, 2007.
  • 8.5 x 11 inches
  • paperback
  • 212 pages
  • ISBN: 0914930184
  • ISBN: 9780914930181

Price: $50.00  other currencies

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Reformation pamphlets (or "Flugschriften") were among the first rare book acquisitions of American libraries. Gatch traces the remarkable history of the Leander van Ess collection purchased by the Union Theological Seminary in 1838, the first and largest collection of these religious tracts to arrive in America. He notes how they were originally obtained by van Ess, a Catholic priest, translator of the Bible, and a former Benedictine monk, who built an impressive personal collection of books and manuscripts when monastic libraries were being dispersed during the Napoleonic wars. Gatch has also identified a significant group of pamphlets assembled at Wittenberg during the 1520s, Luther's most creative period. Never before accurately described, the surviving pamphlets from this collection are listed here in the order of van Ess's own catalogue, with a set of indexes to authors and printers, and with concordances to major bibliographical resources. Gatch reviews the history Reformation pamphlet collecting in the United States from these earliest efforts up to the beginning of the twentieth century, and reflects on how these primary resources were used (or neglected) by American church historians. An extensive bibliography and a detailed index of the introductory essays are included. Illustrated.

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THE LIBRARY OF LEANDER VAN ESS AND THE EARLIEST AMERICAN COLLECTIONS OF REFORMATION PAMPHLETS. Milton McC Gatch.