First catalogue of the cimelia/rare editions of the Załuski Library. Vol. 1–5

Jan Daniel Janocki

Ossoliński National Institute

Ossoliński National Institute
Wrocław, Poland

The first Public Library in Poland opnened on 9 August 1747. Its rare and most valuable books were described in the German-language publication written by its future prefect J. D. Janocki titled “Nachricht von denen in der Hochgräflich-Zaluskischen Bibliothek sich befindenden raren polnischen Büchern”. The first volume, decorated with a copperplate portrait of Chancellor Andrzej Stanisław Kostka Załuski and preceded by a dedication praising his contribution to the establishment of the library foundation, was published in Dresden in Georg Konrad Walther’s printing house. Due to his special interest in Polish book production, J. J. Korn took over the publishing of Janocki’s work and financed its further volumes. To maintain a uniform typographical character, the subsequent parts of the work (vols. 2–5) were printed in the same printing house in Dresden, but were already published by J. J. Korn.

Binding: half leather, cardboard, marbled paper, gilt embossing on spine – 19th century.


  • Title: First catalogue of the cimelia/rare editions of the Załuski Library. Vol. 1–5
  • Creator: Jan Daniel Janocki
  • Date Created: 1747-1753
  • Location Created: Dresden, Germany; Wrocław, Poland
  • Physical Dimensions: vol. 1: [1] leaf copperplate portrait, [5] leaves, 112 pp. [12] leaves; vol. 2: [1] eaf copperplate portrait, [5] leaves, 120 pp., [10] leaves; vols. 3–5: [1–5], 6–96 pp., [3] leaves, [1], 100–184, [185–187], 188–228 pp., [20] leaves
  • Provenance: From the Book Collection of Zygmunt Czarnecki – bookplate ; Zygmunt Czarnecki – stamp
  • Type: book
  • Contributor: Andrzej Stanisław Załuski [addressee of the dedication], Józef Andrzej Załuski [addressee of the dedication], Marcin Załuski [addressee of the dedication]
  • Publisher: Vol. 1: Georg Konrad Walther; Vol. 2–5: Jan Jakub Korn
  • Medium: paper, handpress printing, copperplate engraving, woodcut

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