German Lost Art Foundation acts as mediator: Fürstenstein library in Poland receives three books back
With support from the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg, Fürstenstein Castle (Książ) library in Wałbrzych, Poland, has been given three books back.
The owner had registered the castle’s library stamp found in the books and discovered from the Lost Art Database operated by the Foundation that the Fürstenstein library had already received another book back in the previous year. The Foundation promptly got in touch with the person who had entered the found report for the book in the database back then and set up contact with Poland. This enabled the connection to the castle to be mediated. The owner sent the three books to Fürstenstein Castle library in August 2016.
In the final stages of the Second World War, the Nazis planned to turn Fürstenstein Castle into a command headquarters for Adolf Hitler. The castle was seized from the owners in 1943/44. It is not known how the books came into the possession of the current owner.
The books in question are:
• the second volume is a collection of works by Thomas Hobbes (containing De cive, Dialogus physicus de natura aeris, De principiis et ratiocinatione geometrarum and Leviathan), probably printed in 1668 in Amsterdam,
• a history of Church Councils (Historiae conciliorum ecclesiasticae) and
• the first volume of the “Teutsche Kriegs-Canzley auf das Jahr 1762” (Frankfurt and Leipzig).