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Book Collectors and Collections: Private Owners

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The individual book owners discussed in this chapter would have been only a small fraction of all book owners in pre-Reformation Scandinavia. It focuses on the books themselves, highlighting bibliographical features, geographical connections and statistical contributions of these remnants of pre-Reformation Scandinavian book culture. In 1505 Oluf Esbernsen bequeathed all his books on logics and natural sciences to Anne de Huderopp and all his legal books to Lund Cathedral Library. The survival of the last will of Hans Urne, dean at the cathedral of Roskilde and provost of the cathedral at Odense, provides us with access to a remarkable pre-Reformation private book collection. The number of works with noble provenance from pre-Reformation Sweden far exceeds the number of such works from Denmark. Collijn worked to identify titles and trace surviving copies in Uppsala University Library and the National Library of Sweden.

Keywords: Anne de Huderopp; Collijn; Denmark; Hans Urne; Lund Cathedral library; Oluf Esbernsen; pre-ReformationScandinavian book culture; pre-Reformation Scandinavia; Sweden; Uppsala University library



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