6031. First catalogue of the Frankfurt book fair 1564-92

Object description
BASSAEUS, (BASSE) NICOLAUS (c. 1540-1601). Collectio in unum corpus omnium librorum Herbraeorum, Graecorum, Latinorum, necnon Germanice, Italice, Gallicé, & Hispanicé scriptorum, qui in nundinis Francofurtensibus ab anno 1564. usque ad nundinas Autumnales anni 1592 venales extiterunt: desumpta ex omnibus Catalogis Willerianis. Frankfurt (Nicolaus Bassaeus) 1592. 3 parts in 1 volume.

4to (203x165 mm). First part in italic type, second in Gothic. Printer's devices on titles and colophon. (First part bound after second part.)
Contemporary pigskin over wooden boards, decorated in blind with roll-tooled portrait medallion border, worn, lacking clasps and fittings, lower cover rubbed with large parts of skin missing, split inner joints, spine in compartments, darkend and pigskin partly damaged, first free endpaper loose. Title with owner's old notes dated 1616. Some browning and foxing, dampstaining to the second half, more to the last 10 leaves, some repaired defects and minor loss of letters. Last leaf with loss of woodcut vignette due to defects. Bookplate of Johann Conrad Feuerlein. Photo.

Adams B 367; VD16 W 3198 (by Georg Willer). Very scarce.
Provenance: Theolog Johann Conrad Feuerlein (1565-1718).

A compilation of the Augsburg bookseller Georg Willer's semi-annual catalogues of books offered at the Frankfurt book fair between 1564 and 1592, published by Nicolas Bassé. The first part describes the Latin books, printed throughout Europe, arranged by subject (ca. 10,500); the second lists the German books printed over the same period (ca. 5,500). Although the catalogues are dominated by theology (both Protestant and Catholic), they give an invaluable picture of the whole range of books on sale over these years, ranging from works of science, medicine and travel to different versions of the Faust story (part. II, p. 302). The third part, a pamphlet of 60 pages lists about 600 books in Italian, Spanish and French.