TREW, Christoph Jakob.

Sammlung aller Handlungen und Schriften, welche zu hochverdienten Ehren und ewigem Gedächtnisse des wohlseligen Herrn Geheimen Raths D. Christoph Jakob Trew,

des Heil. Röm. Reichs Edlen, der Republik Nürnberg ältesten Physici u. a. m. wegen der von Ihm der Universität zu Altdorf gemachten Schenkung seiner unvergleichlichen Bibliothek und Naturalien Kammer, besonders bey deren am Jacobi Tage 1770. erfolgten feyerlichen Einweyhung geschehen, und zum Vorschein gekommen sind.

Altdorf: Johann Paul Meyer, 1770 Stock Code: 134947
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First edition of a collection of publications marking the donation by Christoph Trew of his library and natural history collection to the University of Altdorf in June 1768.

A city solicitor, court physician, Count Palatine of the Holy Roman Empire, advisor to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, Christoph Trew (1695-1769) had an academic passion for botany. A member of the Royal Society of London, of the Berlin Academy and of the Florentine Botanical Society, his interest in botany led him to sponsor the publication of illustrated botanical books. He also amassed a vast collection of books and natural history specimens that he donated to the university of Altdorf the year before his death.

The introductory account by the Nuremberg historian Georg Andreas Will records the celebration and notes the magnitude of the gift; over 15,000 manuscripts and more than 34,000 books, as well as objects, machines, plant specimens and drawings. There then follow eight further orations, pronouncements, laudatory verses and opening speeches of praise and gratitude by various dignitaries and academics, some of which had been previously published in 1769.

With the closure in 1809 of Altdorf university, the collection was transferred to the university of Erlangen in 1818.

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Folio (332 x 205 mm), pp. 48. Contemporary gilt paper over paste paper boards.


Title within elaborate rococo border, text in Latin and in German.


Front joint split at head and slightly worn still largely intact. Front board with horizontal crease mark and upper outer corner bent. Contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper; a little light spotting; a very good copy.


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