Spanish comedias

Digitising the collection of Spanish plays

The collection

The University Library owns an extensive collection of Spanish plays, which it received through donations from Frankfurt-based private scholar Adolf Schaeffer and Freiburg-based Romance studies scholar Gottfried Baist (1853–1920) in the early 20th century.

In addition, University Library Freiburg owns a large number of early editions (pre-1800) and early multi-volume series. The shortlist compiled by Edwin Stark in 2004 alone includes around 2,400 plays in 3,750 editions.

Indexing the comedias

The collection of Spanish comedias is easily accessible. There is:

  • A special catalogue with in-depth descriptions: Edwin Stark: Die Sammlung spanischer comedias in der Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg. (The Collection of Spanish Comedias at University Library Freiburg.) - 2 volumes. - Kassel: Reichenberger, 2003. (Teatro del siglo de oro: Bibliografías y catálogos; 37 + 38)
  • Shortlist: Edwin Stark: Texte des spanischen Theaters in der Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg i. Br. (Spanish Plays at the University Library in Freiburg im Breisgau.): (1600–1900); a shortlist. - [Freiburg im Breisgau], 2004. (Also available in electronic format)
  • Older partial directories, in particular Adolf Schaeffer’s catalogue of his collection, are available as reference books and copies that can be borrowed from University Library Freiburg. The same applies to other publications on Spanish theatre by Adolf Schaeffer and Gottfried Baist.
    Works by Adolf Schaeffer
    Works by Gottfried Baist
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