Unknown stamp from Augsburg: Query solved.

By , 15 October 2013 10:27 am

One of the library broadsides incunabula bears a stamp from an unidentified library in Augsburg.

Thanks to the comments by Dr Klaus Graf and Verena Godde, my tentative reading of the stamp inscription “<Bibliothe>k des Kathol. Studie<rn****> in Augsburg” has been corrected in “Bibliothek des Katholischen Studienfonds in Augsburg”.

The stamp is found in the lower margin of the broadside edition of the Zeichen der falschen Gulden attributed to the workshop of Anton Sorg in Augsburg around 1482 [ISTC iz00019000; Oates (MS. addition) 921.5], now Inc.Broadsides.2[4421].  The text is a warning against false coins coming from the Netherlands and it is illustrated with ten woodcut images of the coins to help with their identification.

The stamp proves that the sheet remained in Augsburg at least until the 19th century.   It was acquired by the library from Erasmus Antiquariaat, Amsterdam (Cat. 213A / 15193) in October 1958.


5 Responses to “Unknown stamp from Augsburg: Query solved.”

  1. Verena Godde says:

    Hallo Laura,
    I’m sorry to say that I can’ help directly. But if the stamp is from one of the Libraries in Augsburg (Germany) then it might be possible that you could find an answer via an inquiry to: dioezesanbibliothek@bistum-augsburg.de
    This is the address to the diocesan library of Augsburg. As the catholic libraries in Augsburg do have a complicated history they might be able to help you. But it would be helpful to from when the stamp is.
    Here is also a link to their site: http://www.bistum-augsburg.de/index.php/bistum/Glaube-und-Lehre/Pastoralbibliothek/Kontakt
    I hope this helps you to identify the stamp.

  2. Laura Nuvoloni says:

    Dear Verena,
    Many thanks for the information and the link ! Will certainly pursue the research into the catholic libraries of Augsburg. I suppose the stamp is datable to the 19th century. All best, Laura

  3. Laura Nuvoloni says:

    Dear Dr Graf,
    Many thanks for the tip ! Will also pursue this line of research ! All best, Laura Nuvoloni

  4. Falk Eisermann says:

    Dear Laura,
    I must have missed this blog entry last October, but let me please add a little note: The false coins in question did not originate from what is today the Netherlands, but from Göttingen in Lower Saxony. The whole affair is quite well-documented, cf my note in VE15 Z-6. The expression “Nyderland” (etc.) in the various Zeichen der falschen Gulden editions refers to the “nidere lande”, i.e. the Northern, Low-German speaking regions of Germany, including Göttingen. Actually, these broadsides are among the earliest printed “newsletters” that were widely distributed in all parts of Germany. These are very important, if little known documents!
    Best, Falk