2 requests re images of Albrecht Weber

Jan Houben jemhouben at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 9 22:28:00 UTC 2008

Just for the record: your two pictures can also found in the TITUS Galeria:
The quality of the repr. of the second picture, where Weber is older, is
better in the TITUS Galeria.

On Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 11:51 PM, Allen W Thrasher <athr at loc.gov> wrote:

> 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
> 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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Chaire: Sources et Histoire de la Tradition Sanskrite
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