Works printed in Alsace in the 16th century
From the outset, the library assumed the task of attempting to reconstitute a complete collection of all the works printed in Alsace. Not only incunabula and the books printed in the sixteenth century, but also - of course - the entire subsequent production of Alsace-related material. Sixteenth-century Alsatian books are kept in a reserve, with the pressmark R. In 1937, the bibliographer François Ritter published an initial catalogue entitled Répertoire Bibliographique des Livres Imprimés en Alsace aux 15e et 16e Siècles (bibliographical list of books printed in Alsace in the 15th and 16th centuries). The first section covered the incunabula known at the time. The second section is the Répertoire Bibliographique des Livres du 16e Siècle (bibliographic list of 16th-century books) to be found in the BNU in Strasbourg. The fourth section bears the somewhat surprising title of Catalogue des Livres du 16e Siècle ne figurant pas à la Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg (catalogue of 16th-century books not to be found at the BNU in Strasbourg), and was compiled in 1960. There are now some gaps in these bibliographic works, as books not listed have been discovered and further sixteenth-century Alsatian books have been acquired on a regular basis.
The BNU owns many other items bearing the pressmark R in its reserves of precious books, including richly illustrated books, extremely rare books, special music collections, and precious books, manuscripts and printed documents from Franciscan houses (pressmark RF), as well as objects, paintings, engravings, and facsimiles of manuscripts.
Manager of Reserve Stacks:
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