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November 2023 - Finds from the Cologne Jesuit Collection (Kopie 1)

A book inside a book - recycling parchment in the Jesuit collection

The books in the Jesuit Collection often have a history prior to their inclusion in the College. This past can be seen, for example, in ownership entries and annotations by previous owners, but sometimes also in the external appearance of the books.

One example is the small octavo volume with the shelfmark GBIV1659, whose binding comes from an old parchment manuscript that was reused in bookbinding.

This recycling practice often concerned missals, which quickly became obsolete due to liturgical reforms and offered a lot of high-quality parchment material. The parchment binding of this book was made from a missal, and the surviving text contains Gregorian chants and Bible verses. This volume came into the Jesuit library in 1672. Find out more on the portal

The books in the Jesuit Collection often have a history prior to their inclusion in the College. This past can be seen, for example, in ownership entries and annotations by previous owners, but sometimes also in the external appearance of the books.

One example is the small octavo volume with the shelfmark GBIV1659, whose binding comes from an old parchment manuscript that was reused in bookbinding.

This recycling practice often concerned missals, which quickly became obsolete due to liturgical reforms and offered a lot of high-quality parchment material. The parchment binding of this book was made from a missal, and the surviving text contains Gregorian chants and Bible verses. This volume came into the Jesuit library in 1672. Find out more on the portal Kölner Jesuitensammlung >>

November 2023 - Finds from the Cologne Jesuit Collection

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A book inside a book - recycling parchment in the Jesuit collection

The books in the Jesuit Collection often have a history prior to their inclusion in the College. This past can be seen, for example, in ownership entries and annotations by previous owners, but sometimes also in the external appearance of the books.

One example is the small octavo volume with the shelfmark GBIV1659, whose binding comes from an old parchment manuscript that was reused in bookbinding.

This recycling practice often concerned missals, which quickly became obsolete due to liturgical reforms and offered a lot of high-quality parchment material. The parchment binding of this book was made from a missal, and the surviving text contains Gregorian chants and Bible verses. This volume came into the Jesuit library in 1672. Find out more on the portal

The books in the Jesuit Collection often have a history prior to their inclusion in the College. This past can be seen, for example, in ownership entries and annotations by previous owners, but sometimes also in the external appearance of the books.

One example is the small octavo volume with the shelfmark GBIV1659, whose binding comes from an old parchment manuscript that was reused in bookbinding.

This recycling practice often concerned missals, which quickly became obsolete due to liturgical reforms and offered a lot of high-quality parchment material. The parchment binding of this book was made from a missal, and the surviving text contains Gregorian chants and Bible verses. This volume came into the Jesuit library in 1672. Find out more on the portal Kölner Jesuitensammlung >>

Oktober 2023 - Festumzug zur Vollendung des Kölner Doms vor 143 Jahren

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  • Johannes Fastenrath as city herald at the age of 41 (detailed view, panel II)
  • Johannes Fastenrath around 1900

16 October 1880

What looks like a carnival procession here is a replica of the procession to mark the completion of Cologne Cathedral on the second day of the cathedral building festival in 1880, 16 October 1880 - exactly 143 years ago - in the presence of Emperor Wilhelm I (1797-1888).

Tony Avenarius captured the event in his publication "Historical procession, organised at the celebration of the completion of Cologne Cathedral on 16 October 1880". He used photographs of the procession as a model, after which he produced 29 colour lithographs. The prints were extremely detailed and accurately depicted the facial features of the participants. This was probably one of the reasons why the book was so popular with the participants in the procession.

In the same year, Gottfried Eckertz published an "Explanation" of the pageant. It describes the background, sequence and roles of the participants as well as the groups of gymnastics clubs, guilds and military troops.

In 2022, the Avenarius volume was restored as part of our book sponsorship programme "Cologne Book Treasures" thanks to the Sal. Oppenheim Foundation and is now a valuable contemporary testimony. It is part of our collection "The Old Cologne City Library" and has been digitised.

About the parade

Although the completion of Cologne Cathedral was celebrated, the Catholic Church largely stayed away from the festival due to conflicts with the emperor, so the citizens of Cologne took over the financing and organisation of the procession. The festival committee consisted of 24 committed citizens, supported by 6 representatives each from the City of Cologne and the Central Cathedral Building Association.
A total of around 1,000 people in historical costumes, 400 horses and 8 floats took part in the procession. The procession was divided into three sections, reflecting the different construction phases of the cathedral: From the laying of the foundation stone to the continued construction to the completion of the High Choir. It included prominent personalities among its main protagonists and even Johannes Fastenrath, whose library is now in our possession, was part of the festive committee and actively involved in the procession (see gallery pictures 2+3).

 

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23 July 2023 - 200 years ago, Ferdinand Franz Wallraf celebrated his 75th birthday

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  • Page 1 with the handwritten transcript of the programme of Wallraf's jubilee celebration. Enlarged view:
    Page 1 with the handwritten transcript of the programme of Wallraf's jubilee celebration.
  • Page 2 and 3 with the handwritten transcript of the programme of Wallraf's jubilee celebration.von Wallrafs Jubelfeier. Enlarged view:
    Page 2 and 3 with the handwritten transcript of the programme of Wallraf's jubilee celebration.von Wallrafs Jubelfeier.

Cologne celebrated Wallraf's birthday on 20 July 1823

On his 75th birthday, his hometown honoured him with a public celebration and named him (the only one, by the way) "archcitizen of Cologne". This shows how highly regarded he was in Cologne, because the celebration was a kind of public festival. We possess a copy of the original programme of this "birthday celebration", which Johann Jakob Merlo (1810-1890) prepared for the city archivist Johann Peter Fuchs (1782-1857) on 4 January 1866. Johann Peter Fuchs arranged Wallraf's library after his death.

About the Ferdinand Franz Wallraf Collection >> About the Ferdinand Franz Wallraf Collection

"Wallraf's Book" book Sponsorship programm >> Wallraf's Books" book sponsorship programme

June 2023 - Incunabula finds in Cologne Jesuit collection are now being digitised!

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  • Historische Buchseite mit einer blau-goldenen Zierinitiale. Enlarged view:
    GBIV5366, erste Textseite mit Zierinitiale. Missale Magdeburgense. Magdeburg: Moritz Brandis, 14.IV.1497. 2°. 1642 vom Kölner Jesuitenkolleg erworben.
  • Ein handschriftliches Titelblatt des Jesuitenkollegs. Enlarged view:
    GBIV5366, handschriftliches Titelblatt mit Besitzvermerk des Jesuitenkollegs.
  • Ein historisches Buch. Enlarged view:
    GBIV5366, vorderer Einbanddeckel.
  • Foto des vorderen Schnittes eines historischen Buches. Enlarged view:
    GBIV5366, vorderer Schnitt.

Treasures of the Cologne Jesuit Library:
70 incunabula and 23 early printed books are now being digitised!

The Jesuit Library in Cologne houses an astonishing collection of incunabula, also known as cradle prints, from the 15th century, although the Jesuit Order itself was not founded until 1540. The Jesuits acquired these valuable prints either antiquarian or received them as generous donations. Our Jesuit team found 70 such incunabula and 23 early printed books from the early 16th century in the grammar school library and was able to verify them as holdings of the former Jesuit library in Cologne.

As part of the cataloguing project "Reconstruction of the Cologne Jesuit Library", these unique works were recently comprehensively catalogued and are now searchable in the portal "Jesuit Collection Cologne". We will now digitise these bibliophilic treasures in order to make them successively accessible online for our users. Soon you will be able to discover and view the incunabula of the Cologne Jesuit Library from the comfort of your own home! We will keep you up to date.

The grammar school library is on permanent loan from the Cologne Grammar School and Foundation Fund, on whose behalf we preserve, research and even expand this valuable collection. The project "Reconstruction of the Cologne Jesuit Library" is also made possible by the support of the Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds >>

To the Cologne Jesuit Collection >>

To the Grammar School Library >>

At the same time, the incunabula from Jesuit possession can also be researched in our Incunabula Collection >>.

Photo gallery: Missale Magdeburgense. Magdeburg: Moritz Brandis, 14.IV.1497. 2° Signature: GBIV5366

 

May 2023 - Cooperation with the Cologne Municipal Museum: "1794 Cologne Paris"

The Kölnisches Stadtmuseum is showing a brand new exhibition with free live events in its POP-UP-BAR: 1794 COLOGNE PARIS!

To get you in the mood, we have set up a small display case in our foyer. There you can see the original print of an announcement from 7 October 1794, the day after the French revolutionary armies stood at the gates of Cologne, Cologne capitulated and handed over the city keys. Cologne thus became French and remained so until 1814. A small document that gives you an insight into the Cologne of 1794.

All information on the exhibition at: POP-UP-BAR 1794 Cologne Paris

The broadsheet is part of our collection Rhenish Monographs >>