Bibliographia juridica & politica novissima

Amsterdam, apud Janssonio-Waesbergios, 1680.


FIRST EDITION. 12mo. pp. [xvi], 389, [iii]. Roman letter, some Italic and Gothic. Typographical ornament on title, small floriated woodcut initials, bibliographical note in slightly later hand on fly, early C18th engraved armorial bookplate on pastedown. Light age yellowing, tiny single wormhole in blank outer margin of last few quires,  rare marginal spot. A very good copy, crisp and unusually clean, in contemporary vellum of boards, a little soiled at turn-ins, a.e.r.

First edition of the first printed bibliography compiled by the preeminent Dutch C17 bibliographer Cornelius (or Cornelis) van Beughem. Having worked for J. Janssonius van Waesberge and other booksellers in Amsterdam, he started his own bookshop in his birthplace, Emmerich, in 1680 the year he published this work. He went on, following its success, to publish a whole series of bibliographies:“Bibliotheca medica et physica,” 1681. “Gallia critica et experimentalis ab anno 1665 usque ad 1681,” 1683. an extremely useful index to the articles in the “Journal des Savans. “Bibliographia mathematica et artificiosa,” 1685, “Bibliographia historica, chronologica, et geographica,” 1685, “Bibliographia | crudilorum critico-curiosa, seu apparatus ad historian! literariam,” 1689—1701, a general index to all the literary journals of his period and finally “Incunabula typographic, sive Catalogus librorum” Amst. 1688, making him one of the greatest of early bibliographers.

This first bibliography of his is divided in seven parts, each part concerning the legal and political books printed in different languages. They are then arranged alphabetically. Thus the first and most substantial part concerns books in Latin and Greek. The fifth part deals with books published in English. The second part is on books in French, the third on books in Spanish and Portuguese, the forth Italian. The sixth and seventh parts, on German and Dutch books are printed in Gothic script. Beughem (c. 1637-1710) of Prussian origin, was “without doubt the foremost bibliographer of the seventeenth century” (Breslauer & Folter) who “provided for his contemporaries a series of bibliographies of outstanding usefullness, full, accurate, and intelligently compiled” (Besterman). Beughem can be justly considered the precursor to the great bookseller-bibliographers of the 19th century, although they were largely critical of his pioneering efforts.

A very good copy of this rare and pioneering work.

Besterman 2394-5.