Huldrych Zwingli‘s Private Library


The Swiss theologian Huldrych Zwingli (1484–1531) was one of the most prominent reformers and the founder of the Reformed Protestant Church in the Swiss Confederation. During the last hundred years more than 200 titles from his private library have been discovered. They give an interesting insight into his interests and sources. The present book contains not only an extensive introduction and a catalogue of these books and manuscripts, but also an inventory of the lost works possessed by Zwingli. They open the door to Zwingli’s study and to the intellectual world of an important reformer.
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Biographical Note

Urs B. Leu, Dr. phil. (1990) in History, University of Zürich, is Director of the Rare Book Department of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich. He has written extensively on Conrad Gessner (1516–1565) and the Swiss reformation as well as the history of books. Sandra Weidmann, Librarian in the Rare Book Department of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich published together with Urs B. Leu Heinrich Bullingers Privatbibliothek (TVZ, 2004) as well as Conrad Gessner’s Private Library (Brill, 2008).

Table of contents

Preface Abbreviations, Bibliographies and Library Catalogues Illustrations
1 Zwingli and the World of Books  1  Zwingli as Reader  2  Zwingli as User of Libraries  3  Building up a Library
2 Contents of Zwingli’s Library  1  Philology  2  Theology  3  History  4  Science and Medicine
3 Catalogue  1  Imprints  2  Manuscripts  3  Catalogue A: Lost Books
Literature Indexes to the Catalogue


All interested in the Swiss reformation and anyone concerned with Huldrych Zwingli as well as the book- and reading culture of the early modern period, Switzerland, the Reformation, private libraries, Early Modern World, book history and bibliography.


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