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The Heinsiana—Almost a Seventeenth-Century Universal Short Title Catalogue

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The sale at of the library of Nicolaus Heinsius, diplomat, scholar, polymath and neo-Latin poet, held at Leiden on 15 March 1683, marked a number of milestones in the development of bibliography and book selling. The sale of Nicolaus's books began on the 15 March 1683. It was divided into 13,034 lots by subject and then within each subject, by size. Priced copies of the Heinsiana raise an interesting question about the conduct of the sale. Throughout the sale, the priced copies record individual lots being grouped and sold together. There is an interesting, and, apparently, hitherto overlooked link between the Heinsius sale, Andrew Fletcher and Bishop Moore to be found in the copy of Seneca edited by Gruter and published at Heidelberg in 1604 and now in Cambridge University Library. The Heinsius sale catalogue was from the onset viewed as having more than an ephemeral value.

Keywords: Andrew Fletcher; Bishop Moore; Heinsiana; Leiden; Seneca



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