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A Post-Mortem Inventory Turned into a Sales Catalogue: a Screening of the Auction Catalogue of the Library of Charles Duke of Croy, Brussels 1614

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The article deals with the catalogue for the auction of the library of Charles Duke of Croy in Brussels in 1614. The catalogue is based on the post mortem inventory drawn up after the Duke's death in 1612. A subtitle of the 'subjects' reveals that most of the books had labels, the basis of the (sometimes poor) description by booksellers. The real subject order is briefly compared with those of contemporary catalogues. There is a short analysis of the content of the library, the core of which he had inherited ultimately from his great-grandfather-in-law, Georgius Haloinus. In appendices there are graphs showing the content and the languages of the works in the library.

Affiliations: 1: Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium


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