Raubkunst-Recherchen sind brisant


“Recherchejournalismus ist oft aufwändig. Je heikler eine Story ist, desto länger braucht es, wichtige Quellen davon zu überzeugen, ein Interview zu geben. Die Annahme, dass das bei der Benin-Bronzen-Recherche anders sein würde, weil sie zum Großteil im liberal aufgeklärten Kultur- und Museumsmilieu spielt, erwies sich rasch als grobe Fehleinschätzung.”


A Caxton for the Fisher

“Toronto‘s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library recently announced the acquisition of a copy of Caxton’s 1481 Cicero (GW 6992; cf. http://gesamtkatalogderwiegendrucke.de/docs/GW06992.htm), see https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-library-acquires-oldest-english-language-book-canada. Congratulations!

Speaking of incunabula acquisitions, may I hereby renew my appeal: All institutions, libraries, museums, archives, that acquire (or find, or inherit) incunabula copies are very kindly asked to report these acquisitions to both the GW and to the ISTC. Many colleagues in the US and elsewhere are already doing it, and we are very grateful for that; alas, many others don’t. An e-mail saying “We just bought a copy of GW 6992” is completely sufficient! It may enormously increase the visibility of your holdings, whereas newly acquired copies listed in an OPAC – and only in an OPAC – will more often than not remain hidden from the scholarly community at large.

Thanks, Falk

Dr. Falk Eisermann”


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