Kopitar’s rare pamphlet about the Saint Florian Psalter, 1836

Bartholomäus (Jernej) KOPITAR: ANTI-TARTAR oder Herstellung des Thatbestandes in Sachen der Wiener Editio Princeps (1834) des ältesten Denkmals der polnischen Sprache … Stockholm: Bonnier, s.a. [1836 or 1837].

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[Bartholomäus (Jernej) KOPITAR]: (B. KOPITAR'S) ANTI-TARTAR oder Herstellung des Thatbestandes in Sachen der Wiener Editio Princeps (1834) des ältesten Denkmals der polnischen Sprache nämlich des polnischen Drittels des (nicht Margarethen- sondern) Elisabeth-Hedwigschen Psalterium trilingue (A. 1300 – 1370) zu St. Florian in Oesterreich gegen den plagiarischen Roman eines Tartaren. Als Manuscript für Freunde herausgegeben von Leberecht Hassenschelm. Stockholm: Bonnier (Breitkopf & Härtel, Lpz.) s.a. [1836 or 1837].

8vo. 39 (3 [incl. imprint and errata]) pages. Original publisher's wrappers on yellow stock with black lithographed decorative title depicting floral design.

First edition of this polemic pamphlet by Jernej Kopitar, the founder of modern Slavic Studies, with regard to the first publication in print of the Saint Florian Psalter by his Polish counterpart Stanisław Jan Dunin-Borkowski.

Content: The Saint Florian Psalter, a brightly illuminated manuscript psalter, written between the late 14th and early 15th centuries in Latin, German and Polish, was rediscovered in 1827 in the St. Florian Monastery near Linz. The Psalter is a founding document of Polish philology, why it was first published in print by Polish scholar Stanisław Jan Dunin-Borkowski (1782-1850) only a few years later, in 1834. Slovenian born linguist Jernej Kopitar (1780-1844), the undisputed authority in the field of Slavic Studies in his time, with this pamphlet claimed Borkowski's editorial efforts to be incorrect and insulted his counterpart as „tartar“ (i.e. an illiterate or a barbarian).

Condition: One small fault at lower right corner of front wrapper, wrappers ins parts minimally torn and worn, corners in parts slightly dog-eared, small stains on pp. 23-24 and 29-30.

Rarity: Particularly scarce in trade. KVK shows only 7 copies worldwide in institutional holdings (Berlin [Lib. of the Grimm-Zentrum, Humboldt Univ.], Leipzig [Univ. Lib.], London (BL), München [BSB], Stockholm [KB], Wien [ÖNB]); none in COBISS for Slovenia.

References: Legis Glückselig (Pseud.): Österreichische Blätter für Literatur und Kunst, year III, no. 87 (21st July 1846), p. 679.

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Weight 1 kg