2 requests re images of Albrecht Weber

Allen W Thrasher athr at LOC.GOV
Wed Jul 9 21:51:55 UTC 2008

The printed catalog of the library of Albrecht Weber, Gueterlloh, 1902?, mentions that a portrait bust of Weber will be included as a free gift to the purchaser of his library as a collection.  The bust was of plaster and done by Prof. Johann Uphues. The Library of Congress purchased the library in 1903, but no one in living memory has seen the bust.  I have recently learned of a cache of unidentified objets d'art in the rare books stacks, including some sculptures.  When I go I would like to have as many images of Weber as possible to help identify the bust if it is there.  So far I have only found two images of Weber, one in Sardesai's Picturesque Orientalia < http://tinyurl.com/6d8rcw >, and the other online in an article "Early Indology of India" by Swami B. V. Giri, image < http://tinyurl.com/5q8m7u  >, context at < http://tinyurl.com/62hje8 >.  

Request 1: I would be most grateful if people could email me any further images of Weber, particularly those with different haircut or facial hair or from different angles than the two mentioned.

Request 2: I see from WorldCat that there is a dissertation (Berlin, 1982) on the sculptor, with copies in, among other places,  the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, the Staats und Universitatsbibliothek Goettingen, the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Koninklijke Bibliotheel, Groningen, Utrecht, and Oxford.  Would someone mind looking at this to see if the Weber bust is reproduced?  I would ask my US librarian colleagues to check into it but I suspect this crowd would find the search more interesting, since it is possible that Uphues did other Indologists.  (Michael Witzel, the Harvard Fine Arts Library also has a copy ;- > )  The book is:

Kaul, Brigitte
Joseph Johann Ludwig Uphues (1850 - 1911) : ein Bildhauer im Wilhleminischen Zeitalter u. sein Werk
Berlin, 1982
372 p.; ill.
Berlin: Freie Univ. Diss.

It is possible that Frau Weber, having avoided a legal commitment to include the bust, decided to retain it in the family.  Has anyone ever seen or heard of it?

LC's copies of the catalog are the only ones that appear in WorldCat, so I include the record as of possible interest.
LC Control No.:       25011896 
Type of Material:  Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal Name:     Weber, Albrecht, 1825-1901. 
Main Title:        Katalog der bibliothek des verstorbenen professors des
                      sanskrit an der Universität zu Berlin,
Published/Created: [Gütersloh, Gedruckt bei C. Bertelsmann, 1902?]
Description:       117, [1] p. 23 cm.
CALL NUMBER:       Z7090.Z9 W3

Thanks a lot,


Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D., Senior Reference LibrarianSouth Asia Team, Asian DivisionLibrary of Congress, Jefferson Building 150101 Independence Ave., S.E.Washington, DC 20540-4810tel. 202-707-3732; fax 202-707-1724; athr at loc.govThe opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Library of Congress.

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