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A bibliographer gets political

A bibliographer gets political

26th October 2022

Jules Gay (1807–1887) is remembered by book historians for publishing over 400 works from history which he thought ‘libre’ (i.e. uninhibited) in content, as well as his famous Bibliographie des principaux ouvrages relatifs à l’amour, aux femmes et au mariage (1861).  But this libertine publisher and bibliographer was also a committed socialist.  In London, in […]

For German children in Russia

For German children in Russia

12th February 2015

Ever since my university days, when I studied German and Russian, I’ve been interested in connections between the German- and Russian-speaking worlds.  So it was a particularly nice surprise when I came across this book recently: You can just make out in the picture that a new engraved title-page has been pasted over an earlier letterpress […]

The book as weapon

The book as weapon

11th June 2014

During the 1960s, Uwe Wandrey (b.1939) was involved with the group Hamburg Linksliterarisch and the APO (Extra-Parliamentary Opposition movement), opposing the Emergency Acts (Notstandgesetze) of 1968 and the Vietnam War.  He was also active as a political songwriter, founding his own publishing house, Quer-Verlag, to help support the cause.  This little book, Kampfreime (‘combat rhymes’), published in […]

A happy couple

A happy couple

16th April 2014

I like this pair: two copies of a rare piece of occasional verse, printed in 1768 in Naumburg (a pretty town on the river Saale, between Weimar and Leipzig) by local pastor Carl Gottlob Kümmelmann, on the occasion of the wedding of Ferdinand Ludwig von Hausen, valet de chambre at the court in Gotha, and […]

Lutheran best-seller turned Jesuit boxed set

Lutheran best-seller turned Jesuit boxed set

2nd January 2013

Books in boxes have always held a particular appeal.  But this I found particularly attractive.  It’s a book from 1738, Güldenes Schatz-Kästlein der Kinder Gottes (A Golden Treasure Chest for the Children of God), which has been cut into individual leaves, all the edges gilded, and then put into a custom-made gilt-tooled morocco box which features […]