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One of the finest private libraries of German literature, including more than 7,000 volumes from the great periods of the 15th through the 19th centuries, has been received by the University, on loan for a number of years from Dr. Curt von Faber du Faur, of Cambridge, who recently came to this country from Italy.
The library, which has been installed in a special gallery of the Germanic Museum, will provide scholars in this country with the first opportunity for detailed work in several of the most important periods of German literature.
Luther's Works Included
Among the 2,742 items of first-editions or editions of special interest are rare issues of the work of Martin Luther, an almost complete collection of books tracing the history of lyrics and hymnology in Germany during the 16th century, thirty first-editions of Goethe, and the complete thirty-three volume works of Frederick the Great which were produced for and belonged to the Emperor Frederick I.
Among the richest sections of the library for scholars are those of the Baroque period of German literature from the end of the 17th to the middle of the 18th centuries, and of the "Sturm und Drang" period of the latter half of the 18th century.
The representation of the Baroque period in the Faber du Faur library is excelled by few collections even in Germany, and in America only isolated books have hitherto been available for study, University scholars stated.
Monastic Atmosphere Created
To house the Faber du Faur library, especially designed cases were installed in one of the vaulted galleries of the Germanic Museum. South German ecclesiastical sculpture and furniture were added to create the atmosphere of a German monastic library of the 18th century.
The library is the product of many years of collecting, and could probably never be duplicated, authorities stated. Many of the books will never again be on the market. Its availability here will be of particular value not only to scholars interested is the history of German literature and art, but also to students of the Renaissance interested in the comparison of trends in the 16th and 17th centuries, it was explained
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