Autograph Books (also Friendship Books)
Currently, the SLUB Dresden has more than 400 autograph books dating from the period between the 16th and 20th centuries. Thus, the multifaceted culture that surrounded autograph books in that time is well documented—literally, formally and sociologically—in Dresden’s unquestionably representative collection.
Amongst the considerable number of singular, first-rate examples are several highlights—those containing entries, illustrations and additions made by notable dignitaries and famous figures (among others Carl Gustav Carus, Joseph v. Eichendorff, August Hermann Francke, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Anton Graff, Friedrich Kind, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz, Philipp Melanchthon, Novalis, Martin Opitz, Heinrich Schütz, Philipp Jacob Spener, Friedrich Wieck).
- Autograph book of an anonymous royal dignitary, containing 56 entries from the years 1578 to 1595 (Mscr.Dresd.k.243)
- Autograph book of Conrad Ernst von Berlepsch (1588-1659), containing 285 entries from the years 1608 to 1654 (Mscr.Dresd.App.2547)
- Autograph book of A. H. Zachert, containing 53 entries from the years 1798 to 1831 (Mscr.Dresd.App.2993)
- Autograph book of Johann August Traugott Hiehle, containing 93 entries from the years 1800 to 1842 (Mscr.Dresd.App.1077)
Perk Loesch: Der Freundschaft Denkmal. Stammbücher und Poesiealben aus fünf Jahrhunderten im Bestand der Sächsischen Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden, Dresden 2003 (digital: http://digital.slub-dresden.de/id476780942)