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Janusz Tondel, Arkadiusz Wagner (Eds.)
The Silver Library of Duke Albrecht of Prussia and his wife Anna Maria
Reihe: Geschichte: Forschung und Wissenschaft
Bd. 67, 2019, 328 S., 69.90 EUR, br., ISBN 978-3-643-91157-5
The Silver Library ( Silber Bibliothek) of Albrecht, Duke of Prussia, and his wife Anna Maria is an absolutely unique collection of volumes bound in richly decorated precious metal. It was founded between the end of the 1540s and the beginning of the 1560s as a manifestation of the splendor of the ducal court and a deep reverence for the Word of God and Lutheran thought. Originally it consisted of twenty items mainly created in goldsmith workshops in Königsberg, Nuremberg and probably Münden. This monograph gives a historical overview of the Silver Library against the background of the ducal couple’s lives as well as the culture of the 16th-century Prussia. It also presents an analysis of the bindings as examples of the Renaissance and Mannerist art of goldsmithing.
Janusz Tondel - Professor emeritus of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In his long-term research on early books, his principal focus has been on incunabula and the bibliophilic culture in Prussia and Königsberg in particular.
Arkadiusz Wagner – art historian and book researcher at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. His main research area is the artistic value of medieval and modern books with a special focus on their bindings.