Vollbehr, Otto Heinrich Friedrich
Biographical dates - Period of existence1869-1946
Other InformationOtto Heinrich Friederich Vollbehr (born 24 April 1869 in Kiel, Germany, though he sometimes stated the year as 1872; died 18 May 1946 in Frankfurt-Höchst, Germany) was a German industrial chemist, rare book dealer and National Socialist propagandist. His family had made a fortune in the dyestuff industry. After a railroad accident about 1918 that left him lame, he no longer worked in industry and turned his attention to acquiring and selling early printed books. At least as early as November 1924, he was in the United States offering a collection of incunabula for sale; many were sold to Henry E. Huntington between 1924 and 1926. In 1930 Dr. Vollbehr with the assistance of Colonel Edwin Emerson sold his collection of rare fifteenth century printed works including a fine copy of the Gutenberg Bible printed on vellum to the Library of Congress for $1.5 million. He continued to sell, or try to sell, further collections of incunabula until at least 1936 - shortly thereafter he returned to Germany.
See https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Vollbehr. ELISABETH SNAPP, The Acquisition of the Vollbehr Collection of Incunabula for The Library of Congress, «The Journal of Library History», X, 1975, 2, pp. 152-161.
MARC Area Codee-gx
Profession / Type of InstitutionBooktrade
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