A SILESIAN OWNER OF A MYSTERIOUS EX LIBRIS.A POSTSCRIPT TO JOSEF HEJNIC’S ARTICLE
Over forty years ago the Czech scholar Josef Hejnic tried to establish how incunabula from the collection of a well known humanist and bibliophile, Václav of Rovné (1448–1531), had come to Silesia and in 1721 to an insignificant library, that of the Franciscan Monastery in Środa Śląska. A handwritten note found in a book with the initials of the owner, referring to himself as M.F.C.N.SS.T.C., suggested to Hejnic that the person who may have had a hand in the transfer had been a clergyman from Silesia, Franciscus Carolus Nentwig (1620–1667). More recent studies have made it possible to verify that supposition and to demonstrate that the person behind the initials was someone else: Ferdinandus Constantinus Niering (1636–1720). He was the man whose books carried an ex libris with the mysterious inscription “FINDENS DVRA,” which can also be found in the incunabula belonging to the Franciscans from Środa Śląska.