Renæssanceforum 15 • 2019

Peter Zeeberg
Heinrich Rantzau (1526-1598): patron of the arts and bibliophile

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The Holsatian nobleman Heinrich Rantzau (1526–1598) was a keen bibliophile. In addition to assembling a large library, he took active part in book-production himself both indirectly as a patron of writers and directly as a writer and publisher. Firstly the paper presents an overview of Rantzau’s production by means of the copies available in Finland and Estonia. Secondly it focuses on the distribution of his books as gifts. In this connection two hitherto unnoticed copies are discussed: one in the National Library of Finland with a hand-written dedication from Rantzau, the other in the University Library in Tartu, Estonia, with his personal binding and signature.