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Printed Autobibliographies from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

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In grant applications, in addition to providing an autobibliography, applicants are often required to select and defend their 'most important contributions' to the field of research in question. This chapter presents the autobibliographies, and their creators, in chronological order. Those selected for discussion include Caspar Brusch, Michael Praetorius, Friedrich Menius, Paul Felgenhauer, Friedrich Lowenstein, and finally August Pfeiffer. In his autobibliography, Brusch regularly indicates both the place of publication and the name of the printer, but he only rarely mentions the year of publication. Menius's autobibliography was published in 1635 as an appendix to a book on the origins of the Livonians, printed at Dorpat. In the eighteenth century, when the Royal Library in Copenhagen catalogued its holdings of books by the Bohemian prophet Paul Felgenhauer, the learned librarians placed his works among the writings of little known fanatics.

Keywords: August Pfeiffer; autobibliographies; Caspar Brusch; Friedrich Lowenstein; Friedrich Menius; Michael Praetorius; Paul Felgenhauer



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