Comparison of Collections

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This table shows the comparative strengths of some of the major collections of alchemical books. This data has been extracted from my database which is essentially a union catalogue of the Ferguson, Young, Duveen, Wolfenbuttel and British Library collections, which lists at present 4678 books with 2810 unique works.

Total known books
4678 --- 1667 German --- 1707 Latin --- 432 English --- 544 French --- 69 Dutch

Ferguson
2574 --- 720 German --- 997 Latin --- 344 English --- 309 French --- 36 Dutch

Wisconsin Duveen
1361 --- 374 German --- 542 Latin --- 191 English --- 201 French --- 5 Dutch

British Library
1072 --- 365 German --- 465 Latin --- 81 English --- 113 French --- 18 Dutch

Young
1055 --- 593 German --- 340 Latin --- 33 English --- 61 French ---12 Dutch

Wolfenbuttel
331 --- 139 German --- 170 Latin --- 1 English --- 10 French --- 0 Dutch