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On May 10th German Specialist Christian Staufenbiel spoke to the Friends of Cambridge University Library about the width and depth of the Library's German collections, and exhibited a selection of material. The display was arranged in three parts, focussing on literature, history and book design.

Currently the Library's holdings of German language material are considered to be very strong, numbering over 300,000 titles, but German language material has not been collected systematically throughout the Library's history. The Royal Library, a core component of the Library's antiquarian collections, was received as a gift in 1715 from King George I, a native German speaker. It consists of 30,000 volumes, but there is not a single title in German. In the area of belles lettres French material was actively collected throughout the twentieth century, but only after 1945 was contemporary German literature acquired comprehensively, and attempts made to plug the gaps for previous periods. That collecting German literature was taken up so late is slightly surprising considering that the Schröder Professorship of German had been established in 1909, although significant quantities of material were available in the Faculty Library.

 

Literature

The literature component of the talk concentrated on Goethe, Schnitzler, the David Bach collection, and Stefan Heym. The Goethe items exemplified the Library's attempt over the past 30 years to support Goethe scholarship in Cambridge, both by the acquisition of original editions and also material relating to Goethe. On display was a range of pamphlets published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Goethe's residence in Weimar.

The Library's extensive Arthur Schnitzler archive is currently a key element in the production of a new critical edition of Schnizler's works, the first volume of which, Lieutenant Gustl, appeared last year in both print and electronic form. The David Bach collection was used to demonstrate how major gaps in our coverage of twentieth century literature were filled by this extensive donation. A range of inscribed editions was displayed, presentation copies to David Bach from writers such as Karl Kraus and Franz Werfel.

The Stefan Heym exhibit drew attention to some of the ephemeral material in the collection, complimenting the set of Heym's novels and short stories in print and in manuscript.

Goethe

Goethe's Jubeltag, F182.a.1.1

  • Riemer, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1774-1845
    Morgengruss an Goethe zum siebenten November 1825
    Weimar, 1825
  • Müller, Friedrich von, 1779-1849
    Zur Feyer des siebenten Novembers 1825 auf der Grossherzoglichen Bibliothek zu Weimar
    Weimar, 1825
  • Müller, Friedrich von, 1779-1849
    Goethen zum goldenen Jubeltage VII. November 1825
    Weimar, 1825
  • Riemer, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1774-1845
    Jubelgedicht am siebenten November 1825
    Weimar, 1825
  • Schütze, Stephan, 1771-1839
    Zu Goethe's Jubelfeste in Weimar den siebenten November 1825
    Weimar, 1825
  • Brunnquell, Karl
    Toast der Theetanzgesellschaft zu Weimar, bei der Feier der 50jährigen Anwesenheit Göthe's
    Weimar, 1825
  • Müller, Friedrich von, 1779-1849
    Prolog zu Goethe's Iphigenie am 7. November 1825
    Weimar, 1825
  • Eckermann, Johann Peter, 1792-1854
    An Goethe
    Weimar, 1825
    F182.a.1.1
  • Goethe's goldner Jubeltag : siebenter November 1825 : mit des Gefeierten Bildniss, seinen Schriftzügen, und einer Abbildung des Festsaales
    Weimar, 1826
    8002.d.174
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832
    Beyträge zur Optik
    Weimar : Im Verlag des Industrie-Comptoirs, 1791-1792
    7001.d.3-4
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832
    Zur Farbenlehre
    Tübingen : J.G. Cotta, 1810.
    F181.b.1.1-
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832
    Zur Naturwissenschaft überhaupt, besonders zur Morphologie
    Stuttgard : J.G. Cotta, 1817-1824.
    F181.d.1.34-
  • Friedrich August II, King of Saxony, 1797-1854
    Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832
    Pflanzen und Gebirgsarten von Marienbad
    Prag : Kronberger und Weber, 1837.
    8002.d.222

Arthur Schnitzler archive

  • Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931
    Lieutenant Gustl (manuscripts)
    MSS.Schnitzler.A152
  • Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931
    Lieutenant Gustl : Novelle
    Berlin : S. Fischer, 1901
    S746.d.90.4
  • Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931
    Lieutenant Gustl : historisch-kritische Ausgabe
    Berlin : De Gruyter, c2011
    S950.b.201.431
  • Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931
    Fink und Fliederbusch : Komödie in drei Akten
    Berlin : S. Fischer, 1917.
    747:35.d.90.5
  • Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931
    Die Schwestern, oder, Casanova in Spa : ein Lustspiel in Versen
    Berlin : S. Fischer, 1919.
    747:35.d.90.9
  • Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931
    Der tapfere Cassian : Puppenspiel in einem Akt
    Wien : Karl König, [1922]
    S746.c.92.4

David Bach collection

F.T. Csokor : Besetztes Gebiet (Berlin, 1930), 747:35.d.90.166

  • Arnold Schönberg zum fünfzigsten Geburtstage, 13. September 1924
    Wien : Universal Edition, 1924.
    MRS.31.28
  • Balázs, Béla, 1884-1949
    Der sichtbare Mensch, oder, Die Kultur des Films
    Wien : Deutsch-Österreichischer Verlag, 1924
    Uc.6.3151
  • Csokor, Franz Theodor, 1885-1969
    Besetztes Gebiet : historisches Stück aus der Gegenwart
    Berlin : P. Zsolnay, 1930
    747:35.d.90.166
  • Kraus, Karl, 1874-1936
    Wolkenkuckucksheim
    Wien : Fackel, 1923
    S746.d.93.10
  • Unruh, Fritz von, 1885-1970
    Phaea : eine Komödie
    Berlin-Wilmersdorf : F. Bloch Erben, 1930
    747:35.c.90.44
  • Werfel, Franz, 1890-1945
    Paulus unter den Juden : dramatische Legende in sechs Bildern
    Berlin : P. Zsolnay, 1926
    S746.d.92.34
  • Zweig, Stefan, 1881-1942
    Joseph Fouché : Bildnis eines politischen Menschen
    Leipzig : Insel-Verlag, 1929.
    S560.c.92.7

Stefan Heym collection

  • Heym, Stefan, 1913-2001
    The crusaders
    Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 1948
    Heym.4.1
  • Heym, Stefan, 1913-2001
    Kreuzfahrer von heute
    Leipzig : Die Buchgemeinde, 1950
    Heym.4.25
  • Heym, Stefan, 1913-2001
    Les croisés
    [Paris] : Gallimard, 1954
    Heym.4.86
  • Heym, Stefan, 1913-2001
    I crociati in Europa
    Torino : Einaudi, 1954
    Heym.4.95
  • Collection of leaflets dropped from aircraft during World War II
    Heym.H1

 

History

The history display concentrated on the Acton library, the World War I collection and Cambridge's collections of national socialist material. On display were items with a strong visual appeal, some of these being very ephemeral - newsletters, satirical magazines, leaflets and handbills.

Acton Library

  • Universität München
    Chronik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München für das Jahr 1871/72
    München : Druck von C.R. Schurich, 1872
    Acton.b.35.74
  • Döllinger, Johann Joseph Ignaz von, 1799-1890
    Christenthum und Kirche in der Zeit der Grundlegung
    Regensburg : G.J. Manz, 1868
    Acton.c.22.78
WWI

Kladderadatsch, 28 May, 1916, WRA.580

  • Brandt, Karsten
    Sturmumbraust! : Stimmungsbilder vom Ausbruch des Weltkrieges 1914
    Leipzig : Schloessmann, 1916
    WRD.42.2
  • Bassermann, Ernst
    Tirpitz
    Berlin : Reichsverlag, 1916
    WRC.35b.492
  • Köster, A. (Adolf), 1883-1930
    Die stille Schlacht : Kriegsberichte aus dem Grossen Hauptquartier
    München : A. Langen, 1915
    WRC.17.102
  • Geiser, Alfred
    Das perfide Albion
    Bielefeld : Velhagen & Klasing, 1915
    WRB.35b.311
  • Kladderadatsch
    Berlin, 1915-1919
    WRA.580
  • German flysheets issued during November Revolution
    WRA.46.310

National Socialist material

Die Olympischen Spiele 1936 (Diessen a. A., 1936) F193.b.1.5

  • Goebbels, Joseph, 1897-1945
    Kampf um Berlin
    München : F. Eher, 1939
    CCC.26:3.70
  • Reichspropagandaleitung der N.S.D.A.P.
    Der "ewige" Jude
    Berlin : Verlag für Kultur- und Wirtschaftswerbung Daenell & Co, [1938]
    CCA.26:3.518
  • Hoffmann, Heinrich, 1885-1957
    Berlin
    Berlin : Verlag Heinrich Hoffmann, [1936]
    CCA.26:3.511
  • Haymann, Ludwig, b. 1902
    Die Olympischen Spiele 1936
    Diessen a. A. : Raumbild-Verlag Otto Schönstein, c1936
    F193.b.1.5
  • 'Und sie bewegt sich doch!' : freie deutsche Dichtung
    London : Free German Youth, 1943
    CCC.26:4.581

 

Book design

The section on book and type design drew on the small but significant German language component in predominantly English language collections such as Broxbourne and Morison. A range of illustrated items were shown from the Library's Insel Bücherei collection. The Waddleton collection of colour printing includes cookery, agriculture and gardening, and a range of children's books. On display was a particularly striking volume depicting elaborate desserts.

Broxbourne collection

Albrecht Dürer : Underweysung der Messung, mit dem Zirckel unnd richt scheyt, in Linien ebnen unnd gantzen Corporen (Nuremberg, 1525) Broxbourne.b.64

  • Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528
    Underweysung der Messung, mit dem Zirckel unnd richt scheyt, in Linien ebnen unnd gantzen Corporen
    [Nuremberg : s.n.], 1525
    Broxbourne.b.64
  • Dorn, Max
    ABC Kästchen
    Offenbach am Main : Max Dorn Presse, [1932]
    Broxbourne.e.17
  • Koch, Rudolf, 1876-1934
    Das ABC Büchlein
    Leipzig : Insel-Verlag, 1934
    Broxbourne.e.19
  • Wolpe, Berthold
    Handwerkerzeichen
    Frankfurt-M. : Bauersche Giesserei, 1936
    Broxbourne.d.90
  • Kredel, Fritz, 1900-1973
    Fünfhundert Jahre Buchdruckerkunst, 1440-1940
    Frankfurt am Main : Bauersche Giesserei, 1940
    Broxbourne.e.20

Morison collection

  • Koch, Rudolf, 1876-1934
    Die Schriftgiesserei im Schattenbild
    Offenbach am Main : Klingspor, 1918.
    Morison.a.86.10
  • Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863
    Die Märchen der Brüder Grimm in der Urform
    Offenbach a. M. : Gebrüder Klingspor, 1924
    Morison.74.40
  • Klingspor, Karl, 1868-1950
    Über Schönheit von Schrift und Druck
    Frankfurt am Main : G. K. Schauer, 1949
    Morison.86.44
  • Rodenberg, Julius, b. 1884
    Die Schrift das Spiegelbild der Kultur
    Leipzig : Druck von Oskar Zech, 1953.
    Morison.86.164

Insel-Bücherei

  • Insel-Bücherei (illustrated volumes)
    Leipzig : Insel-Verlag, 1913-
    CCD.30.1-184
  • Schmoller, Hans
    Illustrated volumes of the Insel-Bücherei : a note
    CCD.30.2

Süsse Speisen und Eisbomben (Nordhausen, 1907) Waddleton.b.1.298

Waddleton Collection

  • Scharrer, Karl
    Süsse Speisen und Eisbomben
    Nordhausen : Heinrich Killinger, 1907
    Waddleton.b.1.298
  • Eschmann, Ernst
    Ein Festzug dem Gedächtnis unserer Dichter Gottfried Keller und Conrad Ferdinand Meyer gewidmet
    [Zürich] : Zentralkomitee der Zünfte Zürichs, [1926]
    Waddleton.b.3.6