Title: Brevis Notitia Monasterii B.V.M. Ebracensis ...
Publisher: Typis Bernabo, Rome
Publication Date: 1739
Book Condition: Very Good
4to (232 x 170mm). , 220pp. With 17 (4 folding) copperplate engravings depicting the views of the courtyards of important German Cistercian monasteries including Burgwindheim, Mainstockheim, Schwappach and Sulzheim, also a view of Ebrach, heraldic shields and grave monuments all by Lucas Schmidt. Finely bound in crushed dark green morocco, ruled in gilt, marbled edges; (three plates remargined, light marginal worming). Former library stamps of an unidentified French library and the Biblioteca nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III of Rome; the national library of Italy (several stamps on the engravings). The second and revised Latin edition; the first published in the previous year. Abbot Wilhelm Sellner, wrote this brevis notitia, "short notice," on Cistercian monasteries to document the history of the monasteries to which in his lifetime he became most expert. In particular, this publication focuses on the famous Ebrach Monastery that was founded in 1127 as one of the first Cistercian monasteries east of the Rhine. The Ebrach monastic community flourished in the Middle Ages until 1803 (just 64 years after this publication) when it was dissolved in the course of Secularization. Since 1851, the monastery buildings have served as a prison, nowadays known as Justizvollzugsanstalt Ebrach, and since 1958 as a young offenders’ institution. The very fresh illustrations by Lucas Schmidt are generous in detail and expertly crafted. Rare, only three institutional copies located outside of Germany. Lentner 7541; Pfeiffer 10950. Bookseller Inventory # D6214
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