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 is Librarian in the Rare Book Department of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich. Together with Urs B. Leu she published Heinrich Bullingers Privatbibliothek(TVZ, 2004) and Conrad Gessner’s Private Library (Brill, 2008).
Review Quotes
“This is an exceptionally interesting book. The historical details it shares and the massive amount of material it so carefully sifts is astonishing. Readers of this volume will learn more about Zwingli and his world than from most other volumes on the great Reformer. I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
Jim West, Ming Hua Theological College. In: Zwinglius Redivivus, 15 January 2019.

“The introduction offers nothing less than a concise intellectual biography of Zwingli.”
Emidio Campi, Zurich.

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, book history and bibliography.
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