Saturday, August 20, 2011

This just in from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

One of the RSS feeds I regularly follow is the list of newly digitized works from the SB Berlin. Because its focus is on the eighteenth century, I haven't found many new sources for my research. Today, however, the SBPK sent me a link to Die Holländische Sibillen Weissagung von viel wunderbare Zukunften, welche von Anfang bis zum Ende der Welt besagen (VD18 1188259X), which is dated 1750 (I assume "ca. 1750," since I don't see any obvious reasons to date the work to that year).

The title sounded promising, and in fact the content is familiar. The booklet of four leaves contains the prophecy of the Sybil Nichaula, followed by extracts from Birgitta, Methodius, and Reinhard. Nichaula is the "thirteenth Sibyl," which had appeared as a separate booklet as early as 1515 and was then incorporated into the sibylline collections. Christian Egenolff's sibylline collections place Nichaula immediately after Prophecies of the Twelve Sibyls beginning in 1531, and the next year Egenolff added the source of the other texts, the Extract of Various Prophecies (itself going back to Lichtenberger's Prognosticatio and Grünpeck's Speculum) immediately after Nichaula. The newly digitized pamphlet is a descendant of one of Egenolff's prophetic collections.

The edition in question states on the title page that it follows the "Amsterdamer Exemplar," which is an interesting case of Egenolff's collection making its way into the Netherlands (in what form and when still unknown). The text does not appear to be a translation back into German from Dutch, however. The excerpts are shortened quite a bit, so that Nichaula's prophecy omits all of the Antichrist material, and the other bits derived from the Extract of Various Prophecies omit the "Sermon of the Holy Man in 1508 in France."

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