Monday, 3 August 2009

Brother Hildebrand Brandenburg of Biberach Ex Libris

Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections at Brandeis University holds a copy of the very rare first known ex libris - that of Brother Hildebrand of Biberach, a Cartusian monk at the Buxheim Monastery, believed to have been made in the 1470's.

The bookplate is found in a manuscript of the «Summa Theologica» of St. Thomas Aquinas belonging to the collection.

At the Brandeis Special Collections Spotlight blog the history of the manuscript is traced and several considerations are made about other bookplates in the collection including a superlibros of king Charles II.