Gemmarum anaglyph(icarum) et diaglyph(icarum) ectypa m(ilia) : [Daktyliothek]

Studienbibliothek Dillingen


Dactyliotheca, collections of imprints of mainly ancient gems, have been a popular medium for dealing with history and art, mainly antiquity, since the middle of the 18th century. The number and arrangement of the gems were determined by the issuer. This collection compiled by Philipp Daniel Lippert (1702-1785) was extremely well known and served as a model in its time. The first edition of his dactyliotheca was published in 1753. The preserved copy from the Studienbibliothek Dillingen (Dillingen Research Library) presents itself as a box with drawers. The board imitating the lateral book cut can be removed. It conceals 19 drawers lined with green paper. These preserve approximately 1,000 fixed imprints, each of which is numbered. An accompanying volume contains information on the motif, the original's material, the owner and storage place as well as references to previous literature. Only one other of this edition is preserved in Coburg, apart from the Dillinger copy. This dactyliotheca was originally owned by the Bishop of Augsburg Ignaz Philipp von Hessen-Darmstadt (ruled 1640-1768). It probably came to Dillingen in the course of secularisation with the Fürstbischöfliche Hofbibliothek (Prince-Bishop's Court Library). Datum: 2018


Elisabeth Wunderle

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