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German Lost Art Foundation acts as mediator: Fürstenstein library in Poland receives three books back

Date 2016.10.04

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).