Title: Altdeutsches Namenbuch - Zweiter Band: Ortsnamen [Volume 2 only] [place names arranged alphabetically in dictionary form]
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Nordhausen Verlag von Ferd. Förstemann 1859
Seller ID: 39010
vi, 1699 pages; Contemporary black half morocco spine over pebbled-patterned boards. Spine with shallow raised bands highlighted with a rolls of gilt stamped tooling, title stamped in gilt directly in the second panel. Clean and tight in this handsome, and probably original binding, but for a few ink check marks next to some names in the "F" section. scattered light foxing, and some light rubbing to the corners and edge of the binding. Paper still supple, not yellowed. This is the second volume only of Ernst Förstemann's important reference work on German names. The first volume, which we do not have, was first published in 1856, and was devoted to personal names. Our volume is the first edition of Förstemann's second volume, and is devoted to "Ostnamen" -- or place names -- all arranged alphabetically, in dictionary form. The Neue Deutsche Biographie asserts that this work is the foundation of systematic German onomastics, or place name studies. ["... Durch den 2. Band über die deutschen Ortsnamen ist Förstemann zum "Begründer einer systematischen deutschen Ortsnamenkunde geworden."] This massive reference work remains very useful for genealogists and well as scholars interested in historic German literature, travel, and cartography, as well as history. The author, Ernst Wilhelm Förstemann [1822-1906] went on to have a major career as a mathematician and a librarian, as director of the Saxon State Library -- [Sächsische Landesbibliothek, Dresden]. One of Förstemann's predecessors as the library director (Johann Christian Götze) had bought a rare and important pre-Columbian book of the eleventh or twelfth century written by and for the Yucatecan Maya in Chichén Itzá. This purchase was made in Vienna in 1739, and the manuscript has been known ever since as the Dresden Codex. Although portions of this extraordinary manuscript had been printed in facsimile as early as 1810, it was little understood for the first century or so of its time in Dresden. Historians now view it as the most complete of the three indisputably authentic Maya codices. Ernst Förstemann made the first major advance in modern understanding of the great codex and the people who made it. In 1894, the director succeeded in deciphering the calendar section of the Codex, including the Mayan vigesimal numerals -- (base 20). This first edition of the Ortsnamen volume appear to be quite scarce now, even in institutional holdings. OCLC has single copies listed under two numbers [see OCLC Number: 887203352; and 777933869]. Most institutional sets have the second edition of this volume, published in 1872.
High German Altdeutsche Dictionary of German Place Names