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In Bibliophiles and Bibliothieves, Opritsa Popa has documented what may possibly justifiably be defined because the so much celebrated case of looting of 2 German cultural treasures through a member of the U.S. military on the finish of global struggle II and their next odyssey throughout either an ocean and a continent: the pilfering from a cellar in undesirable Wildungen of the ninth-century Liber Sapientiae, containing the 2 leaves of the oldest extant German heroic poem, the previous excessive German Hildebrandslied, besides the fourteenth-century illuminated Willehalm codex, either one of which have been faraway from the kingdom Library in Kassel for defense from bombing raids.

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Thousands of fire and water damaged volumes demanded immediate attention. Journal subscriptions had to be reactivated, and gaps filled. 31 The library’s acquisition and cataloging departments had to be relocated to offices of the Murhard Library, the second largest research library in Kassel. The beleaguered Baldewein needed assistance. For the mammoth acquisition work alone, he needed an experienced professional for whom knowledge of donors, of regional collections, and of the antiquarian book-trade was second nature, a person whose devotion to the Landesbibliothek was absolute.

The popular ballad must have been created in Northern Italy, around the year 600 and wandered in a northerly direction by word-of-mouth, from city to city, from court to court. 23 Midway on its long journey, around the early decades of the ninth century, its alliterative verses were anchored into script at the abbey of Fulda. 24 21 Hanns Fischer in Schrifttafeln zum althochdeutschen Lesebuch (Tables to the Old High German textbook) (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 1966), 14, quotes Bernhard Bischoff, who dated the Hildebrandslied to the third decade of the ninth century.

The wood blocks could be easily reused or stacked to form a codex. 26 Handschriftarchiv Bernhard Bischoff (1906–1991):(Bibliothek der Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Hs. C 1, C 2). (Manuscript Archive of Bernhard Bischoff). Editor Arno MentzelReuters. (Munich: Bibliothek der Monumenta Germaniae Historica, 1997). MicroficheEdition. Hs C1 XLI. Fiche 17, Kassel; Landes- und Murhardsche Bibliothek. 1. Korrespondenz; Notizen zu einzelnen Hss. 4–6: Durchschlag des Anwortsschreibens v. B. Bischoff and Dr.

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