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Martin Chemnitz Library houses an impressive collection of rare, antiquarian books dating back to the early 16th century. Highlights include various editions of Luther’s Works, including six of the eight volumes of the Jena edition published in the mid-1500s, the entire Leipzig edition, which dates from 1729 to 1774, and the complete 24-volume set of the Walch edition, from 1740 to 1753.

Writings by other prominent theologians of the 16th-19th century are also included in the holdings. Authors include Johann Arndt (1555-1621), Paolo Sarpi (1552-1623), Christian Scriver (1629-1693), Philipp Jakob Spener (1635-1705), Valentine Ernst Loescher (1673-1749), and Wilhelm Loehe (1808-1872).

A list of authors represented in our rare book collection is available here and also by selecting the Reformation Rare Book Room from the library field when searching resources in our catalogue.

Our Reformation Rare Book Room, dedicated in 2017 at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, houses our 16th, 17th, and 18th century volumes. Access to the room is strictly supervised and you are encouraged to contact the library in advance of your visit.


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