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Interesting new acquisitions in the Gotha Research Library

In the last quarter of 2020, the University of Erfurt's Gotha Research Library once again acquired exciting items for its collection.

Among them is an album leaf by the writer, actor and lyricist Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter (1746-1797), who lived and worked in Gotha. A collection of twelve letters written by Eduard von Tempeltey (1832-1919), writer and Privy Cabinet Councillor of Duke Ernst of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, to several addressees and on various occasions was also purchased. In addition, the library acquired a letter of congratulations for the New Year 1740 from Abbess Elisabeth Ernestine Antonie von Gandersheim (1681-1766) to Duke Luise Dorothea (1710-1767) of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.

Significant is the acquisition of a copy of the Erfurt Willkür of 1514, i.e. a collective manuscript documenting the development of city law in Erfurt and the writing down of customary law handed down orally in the context of the growing self-confidence of late medieval cities.
The estate of the Gotha cartographer Hellmuth Wolf was acquired for the Perthes Collection. Wolf concentrated on mapping extraterrestrial objects - the moon and Mars. His maps and globes of the Moon and Mars are important testimonies to 20th century Gotha cartography. Outstanding is Wolff's idea of a Mars globe, which was not realised, but whose comprehensive preliminary work is now permanently secured for research.

The Gotha Research Library also acquired a unique item of regional historical significance: the slim anthology contains three small prints on the history of Thuringia, which Johann Georg August Galetti (1750-1828), later director of the Gymnasium Illustre in Gotha, printed in 1774 with his two pupils Ernst Friedrich von Schlotheim (1764-1832) and his brother Carl von Schlotheim at Allmenhausen Castle. Ernst Friedrich von Schlotheim later achieved great importance in the history of science as a palaeobotanist and geologist. His estate is preserved in the research library.