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Die Jauerer Schlossbibliothek Ottos des Jüngeren von Nostitz

Teil 1 und Teil 2

Richard Sipek

Die Bibliothek Ottos des Jüngeren Freiherr von Nostitz, die heute in der Prager Nostitzbibliothek verwahrt wird, stellt mit ihren ungefähr 5.000 Bänden eine der bedeutendsten niederschlesischen Barockbibliotheken dar. Zugleich legt sie Zeugnis ab von der außergewöhnlichen Buchleidenschaft eines in den Rekatholisierungsprozessen seiner Zeit aktiven Adeligen. In der Jauerer Schlossbibliothek sind ältere adlige sowie bürgerliche Bibliotheken erhalten, die mithilfe der Provenienzforschung rekonstruiert werden konnten. Sie stellen die faszinierende Bibliothekslandschaft Schlesiens in Renaissance und Barockzeit dar.
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The library of Otto Jr. of Nostitz was founded at the beginning of the 1650s in the Lower Silesian castle of Jawor. It consists of approximately 5 000 volumes and its structure as well as its history makes it unique and elevates the Jawor library among the most interesting book collections of early modern Europe. Shortly after death of its founder the library was bought by Otto’s brother Johann Hartwig of Nostitz and moved to a newly built palace in Malá Strana in Prague, where it laid the foundations of the new family library of the house of Nostitz. The library is located in two rooms on the second floor to date.

This book sets out to introduce the personality of the founder of the Jawor library Otto Jr. of Nostitz, his tastes in book purchasing, as well as the topical structure of his book collection and its future fate. Notwithstanding, the main point of the book is to present the issues of the thorough provenance research of the oldest part of the library. The terminus ante quem for the year of edition of the books relevant for the provenance research marks out the death of Otto Jr. in the year 1665.

The most recent and complete catalogue of the Nostitz library in the present use dates back to the 19th century and shows remarkable leaks and deviations from the actual text of the book titles. Therefore, the provenance research, beside its other issues...

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