Advent of Lost Berlin Libraries – 24

The last post in the advent series of interesting facts about the Berlin collection of rare books at the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University is a princely gift indeed. At first glance, it captivates with its beautiful red leather binding adorned with gold, bearing the inscription that the book was donated to Pépinière by the Prussian king:Foto: Jitka Stejskalová

It was king Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770–1840) at Charlottenburg in September 1804. According to the festschrift for Pépinière’s 25 years’ anniversary, he did so frequently. Such books – with a similar inscription and the same binding and gilded edges – exist in the processed third of the collection of rare prints. There are two of them for sure, but I believe that more will be discovered.

Wishing you a generous and joyful Christmas Eve!

Markéta Ivánková, December 24th, 2023


Schmidt, H.: Die Kaiser Wilhelms-Akademie für das militäräztliche Bildungswesen. Von 1895 bis 1910. Festschrift zur Einweihung des Neubaues der Akademie. Im Auftrage der Medizinal-Abteilung des Königlichen Kriegsministeriums. Berlin: G. S. Mittler & Sohn, 1910.

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